Relics of Padre Pio to Visit America

Relics of Padre Pio to Visit America

Relics of the saintly Capuchin friar will be made available to Catholics in the United States throughout the month of May and again in September, 2017.

Padre Pio came to attention very early in his religious life when, in 1918, the appearance of his stigmata raised a few doubtful eyebrows among his superiors. The persecution that followed resulted in his exile at the friary in Campobasso (Italy), where he was forbidden any public ministry. Further contributing to Padre Pio's suffering of the stigmata was the fact that they were always a great source of pain and humiliation for him.

His devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and quiet acceptance of suffering distinguished him almost as much as the stigmata itself.

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While it is unclear exactly what relics will be made available, a previous tour showed a specially-made triple reliquary with his gloves, hair, a piece of one of his nails, a scab from the stigmata, and a linen cloth that was used to wipe blood from his side wound.

The relics will be at the following locations and dates:

  • May 6-8 at Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • May 9 at Saint Paul Cathedral in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
  • May 10-11 at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the Archdiocese of Denver.
  • May 13 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ in the Diocese of Lincoln.
  • May 18-19 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  • May 20-21 at Saint Ann Catholic Church in the Diocese of Arlington.


  • September 17-18 at St. Patrick Cathedral in the Archdiocese of New York.
  • September 20 at Cathedral St. Joseph the Workman in the Diocese of La Crosse.
  • September 20 at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • September 22-23 at Basilica of St. John the Baptism in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
  • September 24 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
  • September 29 at Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in the Diocese of Saginaw.

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