COME TO THE HOLY SHRINE OF THE TOMB OF ST. PADRE PIO.
ST. PIO DIED IN 1968 AND WAS CANONIZED IN 2002 BY ST JOHN PAUL II.
Struggling against wilting heat, Pope John Paul II declared the mystic 20th century monk Padre Pio a saint on Sunday to wild cheers from one of the Vatican’s biggest crowds ever – hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who jammed St. Peter’s Square and the nearby streets.
Many pilgrims arrived hours before the 10 a.m. ceremony to secure a seat.
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