Long lines show a deep devotion to Padre Pio


A police officer genuflected. A man wearing a suit made the sign of the cross. A woman wrote a prayer intention and placed it in a box. Schoolchildren held holy cards against the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio.

The line was long in the early morning of Sept. 27 at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County, which hosted the relics of the beloved Capuchin Franciscan priest from Italy who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. It's one stop on a nationwide tour in 18 U.S. dioceses. Mass was to be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso that evening.

August 31, 2017

A collection of relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known to many as Padre Pio — will be visiting the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the first time later this month.

The relics will be on display for public veneration from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Assumption Church in Mattese. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m.

This is the first time the the relics will be in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The...

October 21, 2015

Father Anthony Gerber held a precious gift on the visit to St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill.

Given to him by the Discalced Carmelite Sisters for his ordination in May 2011, the gift is a small monstrance, gold in color, about six-inches tall and containing a first-class relic of St. Maria Goretti.

Father Gerber brought the relic to the veneration of St. Maria's major relics at the mother church for the Diocese of...

October 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall.

It the first time that her body has been in the United States. Before the relics are scheduled to be flown back to Italy Nov. 13, they will have been venerated in close to 20 states, including in Belleville, Ill., on October 19. According to the website...

November 18, 2013

VATICAN CITY  --For the first time, bones traditionally believed to be relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be displayed for public veneration in St. Peter's Square Nov. 24, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to conclude the Year of Faith.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, made the announcement at a Vatican news conference Nov. 18.

The bones, which were...

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