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Relic of Padre Pio to Visit Shenandoah Church

A relic of St. Padre Pio will visit Annunciation BVM Roman Catholic Church, Cherry and Chestnut streets, the weekend of Sept. 13-15
Shenadoah, Schuylkill County-Shenandoah --  A relic of St. Padre Pio will visit Annunciation BVM Roman Catholic Church, Cherry and Chestnut streets, the weekend of Sept. 13-15, according to a release from Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor of the Roman Catholic churches of Shenandoah and Lost Creek.
“As we welcome one and all to visit the church to witness this wonder, we ask you these questions: Do you know suffering has value? Do you know that your suffering can bring healing to your loved ones? Jesus said ‘Pick up your cross and follow me.’ Padre Pio carried an extraordinary cross,” Bocian said.

The Italian friar is known for having had the stigmata, the ability to read penitents’ hearts during confession, the gift of prophecy, the power of bilocation, spiritual energy for levitation, the gift of performing miracles and healing even incurable diseases, evoking conversion in people’s lives, fighting demonic forces, and his special charisma for raising funds for the cause of the poor and the sick, according to information provided by Bocian.

He was made a saint by the late Pope John Paul II in 2002.

During his life, he was sent to the Capuchin Friary of the Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo, an agricultural community in the Gargano Mountains that became the epicenter of his ministerial activities. His motto was “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.”

Christ appeared in a vision to Pio between Aug. 5 and 7, 1918. Pio received the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ, which would stay with him until his death. He suffered due to the wounds, which also carried a fragrance of flowers.
Pio told a young Carol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, that he would become the pope and that he saw Wojtyla in a pool of blood, a reference to the assassination attempt made on the pope.

Pio's fame also brought him trouble from envious people. He was banned from hearing confessions and celebrating Masses in public. He offered his sufferings for the salvation of souls.
Later, the church leadership released all of the restraints. He died on Sept. 23, 1968.


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