This morning - Thursday - we visited the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Crypt. It also included Padre Pio's cell, chapel where he said Mass and a museum with many of his garments and things he used - gloves, shoes and many other relics. I had known of Padre Pio for many years so was keen to visit this shrine. He was born in 1887, died in 1968 and was canonised 2002. He received the stigmata of Christ in 1918. Among his charisms was bilocation. He was a man whom you knew was a saint. It was just a formality when the Church declared him "Saint".
|Padre Pio's Shoes|
|Nativity of Christ by Marko I. Rupnik|
|Venerating the Tomb of Padre Pio|
|Madre de Dio, XIX, Russia|
|Mosaic of Matthew at the Church of St Joseph, San Giovanni Rotondo|