The relics of St. Padre Pio will be venerated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
St. Padre Pio was known as a mystic with powers of healing. He bore the stigmata, which are wounds of an individual that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. Padre Pio’s stigmata emerged during WWI after Pope Benedict IX asked Christians to pray for the end of the war.
Relics venerated will include St. Padre Pio’s glove, crusts of his wounds, cotton-gauze stained with his blood, a lock of his hair, his mantle and his handkerchief which was soaked in his sweat hours before he died.
Bishop Kemme will celebrate mass in honor of St. Padre Pio at 8:00 a.m., Noon, and 7:00 p.m.
Confessions will be heard from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., including during the Noon mass.