The relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic have left Rome where over 500,000 pilgrims came to see these saints of mercy. They have arrived at their next stop on their tour for the Year of Mercy and will be exposed for veneration from 8am-5pm, Monday, February 15 to Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Our Lady of Veritas Chapel in Quezon City, in the Philippines. Plan for large crowds for this event as the relics of the wildly popular Padre Pio rarely leave the shrine at San Giovanni Rotundo.
Padre Pio was a Capuchin Monk born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. Like St. Leopold, Padre Pio suffered physical maladies and was sickly throughout his life. In 1918 he had a vision of Jesus while offering the Mass and when it ended had the stigmata in his hands, feet, and side. Padre Pio became renowned during his lifetime for his abilities and people came from all over the world to have him hear their confessions. At his urging, the House for the Relief of Suffering, a 350 bed hospital was built. The relics of Padre Pio are on loan from the Shrine Monastery of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy where they are available for veneration by the public.
St. Leopold Mandic was born in Croatia in 1866 but spent most of his life in Padua, Italy. He was plagued with disabilities and malformities in speech and stature that lead to the development of his immense spiritual strength. He became known as an Apostle of Unity and of Confession. He was a Capuchin like Padre Pio and also shared his devotion to Mary, whom St. Leopold called his “Holy boss.” He died in 1942 and is known, along with Padre Pio, as a saint of Mercy. The relics of St. Leopold are on loan from Church of the Configuration Shrine of St. Leopold Mandic in Padua, Italy where they are available for veneration by the public.
Padre Pio and St. Leopold, pray for us!
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