Published: Wednesday 09 May, 2018

Padre Pio Heart Relic to Arrive in PH for Veneration in Manila, Cebu & Davao

The Catholic faithful will have another saint’s relic to venerate when the heart relic of Padre Pio arrives in the Philippines. Six months after the blood relic of John Paul II arrived in Manila, the heart relic of Padre Pio will visit 3 key cities in the Philippines.

Padre Pio heart relic

Pope Francis praying in front of the body of Padre Pio at the Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo. (CNS photo/courtesy Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina)

In October, the heart relic will arrive for a 20-day visit. Fr. Joselin Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of Saint Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, the relic will be in the Philippines from October 6 to 26, 2018 to coincide with the centenary of the appearance of stigmata on his body. 

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Padre Pio’s heart relic was earlier scheduled to arrive in September but a conflict in the schedule prompted a postponement. According to Fr. Joselin Gonda, the original date coincides with the Italian bishops’ assembly in San Giovanni Rotondo where the shrine that houses Padre Pio’s remains and relics is located. 

Padre Pio Relic to Visit Cebu & Davao

Aside from Manila, the faithful in Cebu and Davao will also have the privilege of venerating the relic if plans do not miscarry.

“We hope and plan that it can visit Manila for Luzon, Cebu for the Visayas and Davao for Mindanao for 3 days each,” said Fr. Joselin Gonda on Facebook.

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Padre Pio’s Stigmata

Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata – bodily marks and wounds corresponding to the wounds of Jesus Christ. On September 20, 1918, the stigmata started appearing on Padre Pio’s body and continued until his death. He would later be beatified in 1999 and canonized as a saint in 2002, both by Pope John Paul II.

He is now known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.