Saint Pio Relics To Visit Bermuda On October

September 10, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda announced the first ever tour in Bermuda of the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina beginning on October 19th.

A spokesperson said, “The relics of Saint Pio, including: 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 and Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died, will be available for public veneration at St. Theresa’s Cathedral on Cedar Avenue on Friday, 19 October 2018 from 3pm to 7 pm and Saturday, 20 October 2018, from 8am to 6pm.”

Padre Pio’s lock of hair via the website:


“We are very excited to be hosting the relics of Saint Pio for the first time in Bermuda this October and invite all members of Bermuda’s community to visit during the hours of public veneration,” states the Most Reverend Wes Spiewak, Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda.

“In addition to the opportunity of venerating the relics, I will be celebrating a Mass in honor of Saint Pio on Saturday, 20 October 2018 at 6:30pm. All are welcome.”

“In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something that was in contact with him or her. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect.

“Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps the faithful to focus on the Saint’s life and virtues, so that through the Saint’s prayer or intercession before God, individuals will be drawn closer to God.

“Saint Pio was born on 25th May 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptised Francesco Forgione. He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.

“The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata.

“Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists and feet.

“His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to conflict. Padre Pio had a vision where Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on 20 September 1918, Jesus again appeared to him and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on 23 September 1968. Pope John Paul II canonised Saint Pio in 2002.”

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  1. sage says:

    Catholic church should be held to account and completely abolished before more children suffer.

  2. After reading about Saint Pio, he makes Caines look like a Boy Scout.