Padre Pio’s relics to stop in Wisconsin Sept. 20-21

| September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A glove and blood-stained cotton gauze are among the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina — better known as “Padre Pio” — that will be on display Sept. 20 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Sept. 21 in Milwaukee.

The relics have been on tour in the United States and will be traveling to 11 dioceses this fall. The relics will not be stopping in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

St. Padre Pio is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Patrick Church in Smithtown, N.Y. Relics of the Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus will be on public display in several U.S. dioceses and archdioceses. CNS

They will be on display 9 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse and 9 a.m. –9 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.

Also displayed for veneration will be “crusts” from St. Pio’s wounds, a lock of his hair, his mantle and a handkerchief that was soaked with his sweat hours before he died in 1968.

Born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, St. Pio was a Capuchin Franciscan priest who was known as a mystic who received the stigmata, or the wounds of Christ. He was canonized in 2002.

The relic tour is sponsored by the St. Pio Foundation.

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