Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:56

Heart relic of Padre Pio arrives at The Manila Cathedral

Devotees venerate the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at The Manila Cathedral
Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio, an Italian priest from Pietrelcina arrived at The Manila Cathedral on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 9 a.m.

After the send-off Mass at the Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas, the sacred relic was transferred to The Manila Cathedral where a Welcome Mass was celebrated by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

In his homily, the prelate spoke about the holiness of Padre Pio who shared in the sufferings of Christ. According to him, to follow the teachings of Christ is the way to holiness.

“At ang pinakamahalaga po ay yan yung pinili ni Padre Pio walang iba kung di yung magpakabanal. Lumalapit tayo sa isang taong banal upang sana tulungan tayong maging banal,” he said.

“Pagkinig sa kanya, pagtulad sa kanya, at yan din po ang nagpabanal kay Padre Pio, ang paglapit niya kay Hesus, pag-alay niya ng kanyang sarili at ganun nalang kahigpipt ang kanyang paglapit kay Hesus na siya’y nakiisa sa sugat ni Hesus, “ he added.

The Holy Eucharist was attended by priests and thousands of devotees wanting to see and touch the relic of the famous saint.

The cathedral is open 24 hours to accommodate many devotees to venerate the relic. Confession is also available before and after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Series of Masses will be held during the three-day visit of the heart relic. 

On October 11, before the heart relic departs from the cathedral, a Farewell Mass will be presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila at 6 a.m.

From The Manila Cathedral, the relic will be transferred to the Visayas (Archdiocese of Cebu) and will stay from October 11-13 then to Mindanao (Archdiocese of Davao) from October 14-16.

The visit of the heart relic of St. Padre Pio from October 5-26, 2018 is organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Clergy (CBCP-ECC) in coordination with the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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