- Shelia Poole The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The relics of St. Pío of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pío - will be on view at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Tuesday as part of a national tour.
The tour is sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation during the observance of the venerated saint’s 130th birth anniversary and the 15th anniversary of his canonization.
The display will be held at the church, located at 4465 Northside Drive N.W.
The items include a lock of St. Pío’s hair, blood from his wounds, a glove used to cover the stigmata wounds in his hands and a part of his religious habit. They will be on display and available for veneration from 9 a.m. to 6:50 p.m tomorrow.
Relics are physical objects connected to the life of a saint and have a basis in Scripture. Catholics spend time in prayer with the relics asking the saint to intercede on their behalf. St. Pio died in 1968 and was canonized in 2002 by then Pope John Paul II.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate a Mass in honor of St. Pío at 7 p.m.
An Italian, Franciscan Friar, Padre Pío developed the stigmata, or five wounds of Christ, on his body. St. Pío is known for his dedication in the confessional and physical healings associated with his intercession.