Thousands of people warmly welcomed relics of St. Padre Pio arrived in Rome on Wednesday 3 February.
As Pope Francis asked, the Capuchins’ relics will stay in the Italian capital city until next 11 February for the Year of Mercy. Particularly, Pope Francis wanted the relics in Rome to celebrate the Ash Wednesday and the commissioning of the official “missionaries of mercy.”
Together with the relics of St. Padre Pio also the mortal remains of the Capuchins St. Leopold Mandic, located in Padova, have been brought in Rome.
Starting from the southern Italian region Puglia, the relics of St. Padre Pio arrived to Rome’s Basilica of St. Lawrence at 16.30 on 3 February, travelling for 500 kilometres.
Today both the Capuchins’ relics are moved to the Basilica of St. Pietro where the Holy See is.
A generous tribute was held not only in Rome, but all over Italy as Puglia, Molise, Abruzzo regions.
“The relics exposure of St. Padre Pio it’s an extraordinary way to think about life and to reflect on what the holy St. Padre Pio did. He is undoubtedly a man of mercy”, said Monsignor Michele Castoro interviewed by the Italian Radio Vaticana.
According to officials extraordinary safety measure were taken. The Rome’s police commissioner Nicolò d’Angelo and the roman prefect Franco Gabrielli planned a security strategy declaring the Italian city Foggia no-fly zone and increasing the number of counter-terrorism units.