Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:12

Padre Pio’s heart relic arrives in the Philippines

The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina arrived in the country on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The sacred relic arrived at the terminal one of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 10 p.m. from San Giovanni Rotondo in Rome, Italy. It was accompanied by retired Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Arguelles; Fr. Joselin Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and two Capuchins. 


Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


The arrival and welcome rites were followed by a motorcade from NAIA to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Batangas where the Welcome Mass was presided by Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera on October 6 at around 12:30 a.m.

A Holy Eucharist was also held at 9 a.m., presided over by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines. 

In his homily, Archbishop Caccia shared the three characteristics of the heart of Padre Pio who is also known for his sufferings and trials. According to him, Padre Pio’s heart is a child-like heart, suffering but loving, and pure.

At the end, Archbishop Caccia emphasized that, “A pure heart sees well. It can see what is good and what is evil, and moreover it can discern God’s will.”

The relic is staying 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 13-16 (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.

The historic visit is made possible through the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy headed by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, Archdiocese of Lipa, headed by Archbishop Gilbert Garcera, and Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas Batangas.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



WATCH: Highlights during the veneration of the devotees to the heart relic of St. Padre Pio and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Archbishop Gabriele Caccio, DD, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on October 6, 2018, at 9 a.m.



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