Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:45

Visit of the incorrupt heart relic of Padre Pio set at the Manila Cathedral

Devotees of Padre Pio will have a chance to venerate the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Manila Cathedral from October 9 – 11, 2018. 

The sacred relic will arrive at the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.   It will depart from the cathedral to Cebu on October 11, 2018, with a farewell Mass at 6 a.m.

The cathedral will be open 24 hours to allow the devotees of Padre Pio to venerate his relic. Confessions will also be available.

Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral said the visit is significant because this year marks the Centenary of Padre Pio’s receiving the stigmata (the five wounds of Jesus) on September 20 and the golden anniversary of his death on September 23. He also said that the Manila Cathedral is blessed to be visited by the heart relic because this year is the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral postwar.

The historic visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio who died in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy, shows that like us, he is also human who lived in this world and endured a lot of sufferings and tried to be holy.

…ang isang mahalagang makita natin sa kan’yang pagdalaw sa atin, yung kan’yang puso ay katulad din ng ating puso at yung kan’yang puso na inilaan n’ya sa Diyos, sana ganun din tayo, ilaan natin yung ating mga puso sa Diyos ang ating buong buhay sa Diyos,” Fr. Malicdem said.

Fr. Malicdem also asked the faithful to continue praying to Padre Pio the grace of having a heart that is rooted in the profound love of the Lord for mankind.

“Humingi tayo ng panalangin kay Padre Pio, kasi alam natin kahit noong nabubuhay pa s’ya napakabisa ng kan’yang panalangin. Maraming dumarayo sa kan’ya upang humingi ng kan’yang panalangin sapagkat alam natin na ang isang pusong nakatalaga sa Diyos, ay dinirinig ng Diyos, kaya sa paglapit natin sa kan’ya dalin natin yung mga hinaing ng ating puso, dalin natin yung mga dinadala natin sa ating buhay,” Fr. Malicdem said.

The visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.

The relic will stay in the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018 making a round to Luzon from October 8-11 (Archdiocese of Manila), the Visayas from October 11-13 (Archdiocese of Cebu), and Mindanao from October 14-16 (Archdiocese of Davao).  

It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Batangas on October 17 and will stay at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio from October 18-26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


Schedule of the visit  of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines

Schedule of Visit at the University of Santo Tomas and The Manila Cathedral 


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