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Saint Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio: Pope Francis to Be Present in Pietrelcina

Will Also Visit San Giovanni Rotondo

Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit tomorrow, March 17, 2018 to the Italian towns of Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo, the places most associated with Saint Padre Pio.  This is according to a December 19, 2017, statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

The year marks the 100th anniversary of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina receiving the stigmata, as well as the 50th anniversary of his death. St. Pio was born in Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887, and died on September 23, 1968, at his Capuchin monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis had requested that Padre Pio’s reliquary be present in St. Peter’s Basilica for Ash Wednesday.

St. Pio’s remains were exposed for veneration from February 8-14, 2016.

Pope Francis follows in the footsteps of Pope St. John Paul II, who visited San Giovanni Rotondo on May 23, 1987, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who traveled there on June 21, 2009.

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To watch Pope Francis’ visit, watch here:

Pastoral Visit of the Holy Father to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2018/3/17/pietrelcina-sangiovannirotondo.html

Meeting Faithful: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2018/3/17/pietrelcina-fedeli.html

Pastoral Visit to San Giovanni Rotondo: Eucharistic Concelebration: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2018/3/17/pietrelcina-concelebrazione.html

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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