Relics of Padre Pio Shown in Brisbane

This post from CathNews.com talks all about Padre Pio who I have written of previously on here. His relics have been traveling around the world lately for all those faithful to see. It is great to hear about these large numbers turning out to see this wonderful saint’s things. The list of guest speakers in attendance to speak of Padre Pio is also impressive!

“Thousands of faithful in Brisbane gathered last week to be blessed with the relics of beloved Italian mystic, St Pio of Pietrelcina.

Our Lady of Graces’ Church, Carina, was packed on September 3 as was St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, the following day, as people gathered to listen to Italian Capuchin Father Ermelindo Di Capua speak about the life, sanctity and humility of “Padre Pio”, reports The Catholic Leader.

Fr Ermelindo, one of the people to be close on a daily basis to then Padre Pio at the end of his life, was a confidant and English translator to the Italian mystic and saint.

Organiser Capuchin Father John Spiteri was overjoyed with the first Australian visit St Pio of Pietrelcina’s relics.

“It was a great success,” Fr Spiteri said.

“He spoke simply and very clearly about the spirituality and the holiness of Padre Pio,” Fr Spiteri said.

“One of his outstanding quotes was ‘Padre Pio was a simple, humble Capuchin’.”

Padre Pio was ordained a priest a century ago, on August 10. He first reported stigmata wounds – which remained permanent – to a spiritual advisor in 1910.

Pope John Paul II declared Padre Pio a saint in 2002.

“Fr Ermelindo was able to testify to the eminent holiness and the simplicity and the suffering Padre Pio endured,” Fr Spiteri said.

“It was wonderful to hear Fr Ermelindo speak so strongly about the holiness of Padre Pio without exaggeration.

“There was no sentimentality, no exaggeration, he spoke about the man as he was.”” – “St Pio Relics Draw Crowds of Faithful in Brisbane”, CathNews

100 Years Ago Today, Padre Pio Became a Priest

I found this post over on A Catholic Mom in Hawaii and felt it was worth sharing with everybody. I had no idea of this anniversary, but I am sure glad that I do now. Padre Pio was an amazing person and everybody should take today as a day to learn a little bit more about his life and work. If you take the time to pray today keep Padre Pio in your prayers because this anniversary is truly a special one.

100th Year Anniversary of Saint Padre Pio’s Ordination to the Priesthood

“Archbishop Andrea Mugione of Benevento in Italy celebrated Mass Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of St. Pio de Pietrelcina’s ordination to the priesthood. The prelate noted that Padre Pio’s example of complete surrender to the Church of Christ and in service to others should encourage Catholics to “unconditionally respond to the will of God.”

Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archbishop recalled that the anniversary is “truly a special moment of prayer, grace and reflection.”

After recalling that Padre Pio felt he had a special vocation to “be a sacrificial victim of expiation for the sins of the world and for the conversion of all humanity,” the archbishop said the Italian saint was granted permission to be ordained at the age of 23 because of the various illnesses that afflicted him.

Archbishop Mugione said Padre Pio practically “lived eternity” while on earth and learned to live out the Gospel in a life that was transformed in Christ and by Christ.” – “100th Anniversary of Padre Pio’s Ordination to the Priesthood”, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Thieves Caught Attempting to Steal Relics of Padre Pio

This post was found over on Catholic News Agency and I will say that I was shocked by it. I cannot believe somebody would try and steal relics of Padre Pio’s. If they had any knowledge of the Catholic Church what so ever they would have known how ridiculous their idea was. It seems as if they may not have known what they were taking though. As of now it seems as though they were merely after the gold, and did not have other motivations such as upsetting Catholics. I am glad that their attempts remained just that, attempts. They were unsuccessful and their relics remain in safety.

“A gold reliquary containing Padre Pio relics was the apparent object of thieves’ interest on Sunday evening. Sacrilege has been ruled out by a Capuchin spokesperson, as the attempt was likely for the gold, not the relics themselves. Embedded in the altar of a chapel in the San Giovanni Rotondo cemetery in Italy is a glass and gold reliquary that contains some hair, wrappings that would have covered the saint’s pierced side, and a pair of gloves, reported Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

St. Pio bore the wounds of Christ in the stigmata for 50 years, the same wounds that also afflicted the likes of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine of Siena.

According to Italian news reports, the only thing stopping the thieves from making off with the relics was the strength of the reinforced glass in which they are encased.

Teleradio Padre Pio director Stefano Campanella told Italy’s TGCOM that thieves were likely not interested in the relics, but had probably mistaken the reliquary for a piece of solid gold. He ruled out sacrilege, saying that “if they had wished to act in this sense they would have been able to hit the tombs of St. Pio’s parents, brother or spiritual director, that have a stronger symbolic value” and are found in the same cemetery.

The Italian “carabinieri” police force are investigating the attempted theft.” – “Attempted Theft of Padre Pio Reliquary Thwarted”, Catholic News Agency

Padre Pio’s 100th Ordination Celebration

Today Catholic News Agency had a great article about the celebration of Saint Pio’s ordination. It has been one hundred years since his ordination and many people are set to make the grueling journey that Padre Pio made himself to become a priest. The walk is roughly 8 miles, and it should be kept in mind that Padre Pio was in terrible condition when he made this walk. It is wonderful to see that people will be partaking in this truly cool event.

“A Eucharistic celebration marking the 100th anniversary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s ordination will take place in Benevento, Italy next month. A pilgrimage from the saint’s birthplace will precede the solemn celebration of the Mass.

Padre Pio was ordained in a chapel at the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy on Aug. 10, 1910 at the age of 23. This year’s celebration for the century milestone will be held on the same day, but this year Archbishop of Benevento Andrea Mugione will preside over Mass in the courtyard of the archbishop’s residence.

The Italian Bishops’ news service SIR announced the Mass to remember the unique event. On that day, young Francesco Forgione, already a Capuchin for more than seven years, was given a dispensation by the local bishop from the minimum age requirement for priestly ordination, 24 years-old, because of a serious illness.

Despite his health problems he, his mother, brother and parish priest walked to Benevento so he could receive Holy Orders.

The diocese’s current vicar general, Msgr. Pompilio Cristino announced that for the 100th anniversary, “To relive the trip made that morning by Fr. Pio … a pilgrimage will depart on foot from the parish of Pietrelcina at 5 a.m.” The route covers approximately eight miles.” – “Mass, Pilgrimage to Mark 100-year Anniversary of Padre Pio’s Ordination”, Catholic News Agency