St. Padre Pio's relics to be displayed
By Katherine Miller
Mr. Giacomo Piraino of Deerfield Beach Florida has announced that relics of St. Padre Pio, will be displayed in the Acadiana area within the next few weeks.
Padre Pio became a canonized saint on June 16, 2002. St. Pio suffered legitimate stigmata, which are deep, Christlike wounds that bled but miraculously healed upon his death. Many accounts of sightings of St. Pio in bilocation, appearing far from where he had lived, have been reported, such as at the Vatican, soon after his death.
Piraino himself was blessed with a miracle in his life while his family began to pray and asked Padro Pio to intercede for his healing while deathly ill and in a coma at the age of eight. When he awoke from the coma, he was able to speak fluent Italian.
The life of St. Pio began in southern Italy in the year 1887. Born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, who were peasant farmers, he became known as Padre Pio after his ordination to the priesthood. St. Pio was ordained a priest in the year 1910, and received the five wounds of our Lord’s passion eight years later while kneeling in front of a large crucifix. This made him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic church.
St. Pio’s whole life was one of unfailing devotion to his faith in Christ. He possessed the innate ability to read souls, and to counsel people, steering them to the right path. Much spiritual and physical suffering accompanied him throughout his life, similar to the way Jesus suffered. On September 23 of the year 1968, St. Pio’s life came to an end.
Piraino also told of the recent events that during a Papal audience in the Vatican, that St. Pio’s body was exhumed after nearly forty years of being buried. Amazingly, only five percent of his face was damaged. Beginning Monday, September 22, Piraino and a few others will begin their tour through the area. On that day, a Mass will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Moore in Eunice, followed by a veneration of articles that belonged to St. Pio, that include his glove, a vile of his blood, which has been known to carry the scent of perfume, his robe and beard, as well as a scrap from the cross where Christ died. Other Masses and venerations to be held will be held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Scott on Tuesday, September 23, with the Mass beginning at 6:30. On the 24th of September, a Mass and veneration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette. On the 25th, at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church on Doucet Road will host a Mass and veneration, and on that same day, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host the same at 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. on the 26th of September, Our Lady Queen of Peace on Martin Luther King Drive in Lafayette will host a ceremony.
For more information about Padre Pio, persons may log on to the website Piraino has created, at www.padrepioonline.com.