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Pilgrimage to Padre Pio relics Stella Hatch

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ilgrims from all over south Texas and northern Mexico traveled to see, venerate and touch the relics of St. Padre Pio at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle on Oct. 9. Many devotees brought their own religious items to touch to the relics, so that their items would become third class relics. Bishop Michael Mulvey celebrated Mass for pilgrims at 6 a.m. that morning at Pax Christi Chapel in Corpus Christi. Afterwards three busloads including two priests; 10 Pax Christi sisters and 143 Padre Pio devotees made their way to San Juan with envelopes filled with petitions; intentions; rosaries; Padre Pio prayer cards and medals. Upon arrival and seeing the long lines of worshippers, hearts raced with joy and anticipation. Though the lines were long, the movement was constant, and pilgrims were in the Basilica shortly. The six relics available for public veneration included Saint Pio's glove; Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds; Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio's blood stains; A lock of Saint Pio's hair; Saint Pio's mantle; Saint Pio's handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before

he died. The Padre Pio Relics Pilgrimage left the faithful with full hearts, faith and hope as they left their petitions, prayers, worries and burdens at the foot of the Cross. As Padre Pio said: “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.” The PAX Christi Sisters felt honored to have Father Don Downey, Chaplain of Pax Christi Chapel and Father Jaison Mathew of St. Peter Prince of the Apostle church concelebrate the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Basilica. Pilgrims joining us came from Annaville, Calallen, Corpus Christi, Robstown, Banquete, Alice, Orange Grove, Odem, Sinton, Kingsville, Portland, Beeville, George West, and Three Rivers. The Saint Pio Foundation sponsored this historic tour of the United States, celebrating the 50th commemoration anniversary of his passing. Padre Pio, a friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic was known for his piety and charity and the gift of the stigmata. He was recognized for his gifts of levitation, bilocation, the ability to perform miracles and his special ability to read the souls of individuals in the confessional.

In the left photo Sister Teresa Diaz, PCI receives a blessing from a lady in Brownsville who assists pilgrims with the relics at the Basilica de la Virgen de San Juan. Photo at right, shows six relics available for public veneration. The relics include Saint Pio's glove; Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds; Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio's blood stains; A lock of Saint Pio's hair; Saint Pio's mantle; Saint Pio's handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. Many pilgrims brought religious items to touch to one of these relics. Stella Hatch for South Texas Catholic

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