Cebu welcomes heart relic of St. Padre Pio


The incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu after a Farewell Mass was held at The Manila Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 6 a.m.

The Holy Eucharist was presided by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese Manila.

At past 7 a.m., the relic was brought to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport together with Father Joselin Gonda, rector of National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Batangas. The relic stayed in Cebu from Oct. 11-14.


Cebuanos warmly welcome the heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Photo by Rev. Fr Joselin Gonda's Facebook Page)


Upon the arrival of the heart relic in Cebu, a Welcome Mass was held at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral presided over by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma at 10:30 a.m.

In an article posted at the CBCP website, Archbishop Palma, in his homily encouraged Padre Pio’s devotees to pray for their personal intentions as well as the welfare of the country.

“When we come and pray before the heart of Saint Padre Pio, pray for the nation, for the transformation of our society,” Archbishop Palma said.

“Let’s also pray that his visit will bring grace to those in need,” he added.

Veneration and confession were held during the relic’s stay at the cathedral.

The sacred relic was transported from the Cebu Cathedral to the IEC Pavillion on Oct. 12,  after the 10:30 a.m. Mass led by Rev. Msgr. Ruben C. Lajo of the Cebu Cathedral.

Series of conferences on the Person, Life, and Spirituality of Padre Pio and Renewed Servant Leaders for (Clergy and Consecrated Persons) for New Evangelization were held on the same day.

On Oct. 13, a Mass was held in the IEC Pavilion, sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima. Public veneration was held from 4 to 9 p.m. 

At midnight, Fr. Jonald Concha of the Archdiocese of Cebu officiated the anticipated Mass.

Before the relic of the famous saint flies to Davao, a concelebrated Mass was held at 6 a.m. presided over by Rev. Fr. Dennis Villarojo, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu.

The relic will visit Davao starting Oct. 14-16. It will be brought to San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City, Batangas on Oct. 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on Oct. 18-26 before it returns back to Italy.

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