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St. Padre Pio's relics make second tour with stops in New York
Relics of the Italian-born saint Padre Pio will be touring the United States throughout September and October. 

Relics of the Italian-born saint Padre Pio will be touring the United States throughout September and October. 

What is a Relic?

In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood. They are typically part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect.

Touching or praying in the presence of such an object can help the faithful focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.

Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be touring several archdioceses and dioceses in the United States for the second time, between Sept.16 and Oct. 8, 2017.

The tour, which began May 6 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is being sponsored by the nonprofit Saint Pio Foundation. This year marks the 130th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization by then-Pope John Paul II.

Relics of St. Padre Pio, the Italian-born priest who bore the stigmata for most of his life, that will be available for public veneration include his glove, crusts of the wounds, cotton gauze with blood stains, a lock of hair, his mantle and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died.

The relics will be on display to the public in the following locations:

• Sept. 16, St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y.

• Sept. 17-18: St. Patrick Cathedral, New York.

• Sept. 20: Cathedral St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, Wis.

• Sept. 21: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Wis.

• Sept. 22-23: Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford, Conn.

• Sept. 24: St. Theresa Catholic Church, Trumbull, Conn.

• Sept. 25: St. Francis Borgia Church, Chicago

• Sept. 26: St. Ita Church, Chicago

• Sept. 27: Assumption Parish (Mattese), St. Louis, Mo.

• Sept. 28: St. Michael the Archangel Church, St. Louis, Mo.

• Sept. 29: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw, Mich.

• Oct. 1: St. Thomas Church, Providence, R.I.

• Oct. 3: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta

• Oct. 4: St. Rita's Church, New Orleans.

• Oct. 6: Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

For more information related to each public veneration, please, contact the local cathedral, basilica or church. For additional information, visit

St. Padre Pio was a Capuchin friar and priest whose stigmata – wounds that correspond to the crucifixion of Jesus – emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on Sept. 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death Sept. 23, 1968.

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