Faithful Gather to View Mystic Italian Saint Padre Pio's Remains
His body has been on display, complete with a partially reconstructed with a life-like silicone mask, in San Giovanni Rotondo. He was exhumed in the small town in and he has been on display in the large, temperature-controlled glass reliquary. The Capuchin monk who died in and is said by the Catholic Church to have had the "stigmata" - the bleeding wounds of Jesus and his hands and feet.
Pope Francis wanted the body of man who spent most of his life hearing confessions and who was declared a saint in , to be displayed in St Peter's Basilica during the Catholic Church's current Holy Year. But locals in San Giovanni, whose economy revolves around the pilgrim trade, were not happy that the saint was going on the road.
Read more: Terminally ill woman British woman achieves dream to meet Pope. The body, along with that of another, less famous, saint that is being transported to Rome from northern Italy.
They will be displayed in a Rome church before both are moved in procession to St Peter's on Friday. Many people said the brown-robed Padre Pio was able to predict events in their lives and knew what they were about to confess. Padre Pio was dogged during his life and even after his death by allegations that he was a fake but Church investigators cleared him each time. By Gabriele Pileri. He only had bones.
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Three-quarters of a million have booked to file through the burial chamber between now and October, but countless others will turn up. But not everyone was happy with the decision to exhume the saint. The Turin office of the lawyer Francesco Traversi is piled high with documents relating to the monk. A Padre Pio devotee, he is delighted at the level of interest in Ireland, saying "we Italians are in love with the Irish".
Despite his youthful appearance, Traversi claims to have met Padre Pio in when he was just seven years old.
He says the monk caressed his cheek and blessed him with a "radiant smile". But Traversi's mood changes when he discusses the current situation in San Giovanni Rotondo.
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He tried to stop the exhumation with a legal action, and he speaks angrily about the Archbishop who oversaw the procedure. Traversi maintains Padre Pio's final resting place has been violated in what amounts to an act of sacrilege. He wanted that his remains rest in a quiet corner.
He wouldn't have liked the idea that his remains one day would be used like they were a toy or a plaything. However, Traversi insists he doesn't direct his anger at the Catholic Church.
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We maintain that these men have accomplished an act of sacrilege. Padre Pio has to be left to rest in peace, as was his wish.
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