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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Padre Pio's body to be exhumed

We've fielded a couple of questions recently regarding the news that Padre Pio's body will be exhumed and exposed for public veneration in the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo, Rome, during the coming year.

The local Archbishop, Domenico D'Ambrosio, explained that because 2008 is the 40th anniversary of Padre Pio's death, public veneration of his body will be taking place sometime this year, although the timing has not yet been confirmed. It seems Church officials are consulting with experts regarding the exhumation and preservation of the saint's remains. Close to one million pilgrims a year visit the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo.

If you'd like to learn more about Padre Pio's life, we have a number of titles available in our Center, among them:

  • Secrets of a Soul: Padre Pio's Letters to His Spiritual Director

and, for children:

  • Padre Pio Comic Book

  • and our Encounter the Saints book, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: Rich in Love

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