Sts. Pio and Leopold Arrive in Rome

 Incorrupt Bodies of Sts. Pio and Leopold Arrive in Rome for Jubilee of Mercy (1277)

The relics will remain for a week of vigils, Masses and stops at several Roman churches, including St. Peter’s Basilica, before returning to their usual place of repose.

02/04/2016 Comments (2)
Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

The arrival of the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Outside the Walls in Rome on Feb. 3.

– Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived in Rome for the first time ever, alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandic, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Urns containing the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Leopold Mandic arrived at the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Wall on Feb. 3.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, colloquially known as “Padre Pio,” was a priest of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin, a stigmatist and a mystic, who lived from 1887-1968. He was beatified in 1999 and canonized in 2002 by St. John Paul II. He was born in Pietrelcina, but ministered in San Giovanni Rotondo from 1916 until his death.



  1. Padre Pio has a special place in my heart—it was Padre Pio who, having met many years ago a young bishop from Krakow who was visiting Italy, announced that this young prelate would one day become Pope—unheard of as there had not been a non Italian to sit of the throne of St Peter in over 400 years—we know the rest of the story 🙂

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