Friday 14 September 2018

St. Padre Pio

The Archdiocese of Toronto is fortunate to have relics of St. Padre Pio coming to the city next week. The relics, which include part of the mantle he wore as a Capuchin friar and a glove used to cover his wounds, will be on display at St. Philip Neri parish September 18th and 19th, just days before the 50th anniversary of his death.

Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002, three decades after the cause for canonization was first opened. There are thousands of miracles attributed to St. Padre Pio's intercession, and that his relics are coming here is a blessing to many of Toronto's faithful.

ARCAT found a prayer card from early on in St. Padre Pio's cause for canonization, which includes a small third-class relic. The back asks those who received favours through Padre Pio's intercession to write to the Postulator so that it could be presented as proof to be further investigated by Rome.

This prayer card from when Padre Pio was a Servant of God contains a third-class relic.

Padre Pio File from Chancery Office Non-Archdiocesan Organizations Collection, ARCAT.

You can find more information on how to see the touring relics here.

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