Relics of Padre Pio
Following the historic tour of the United States in 2017, relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – again toured several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada. The 2018 tour followed last year's sensational and headline-making tour that attracted an estimated 250,000 faithful. In addition, some of the most important secular media covered this event, including FOX NEWS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, to mention just a few.
The relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration were Saint Pio's glove, Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds, cotton-gauze with Saint Pio's blood stains, a lock of Saint Pio's hair, Saint Pio's mantle, and Saint Pio's handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. These were displayed at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Monday, April 30, 2018.
Afterward, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, celebrated a Mass in honor of Saint Pio. The Saint Pio Foundation, which was sponsoring the tour on the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of his passing, sold books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of the Cathedral.
See a selection of photos from the 2018 tour of the relics, courtesy of Michael Richards. Click on the images to see them enlarged.