St. Padre Pio’s heart is in the Philippines

MANILA—The heart of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio, arrived on the Philippine soil last October 5, 2018. Pilgrims and devotees from different parts of the country flocked at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas to have a glimpse and whisper their prayers on the uncorrupted heart of the saint.

More Filipinos will be given a chance to see Padre Pio’s heart as it will be brought to other Metropolitan Cathedrals in the Philippines in the next few days. From October 6-7, 2018, the relic is scheduled to be venerated at St. Padre Pio National Shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It will be brought to Manila where the faithful may venerate it from October 7-10; then to Cebu on October 11-13; then the next leg of the visit will be in Davao from October 14-16; and it will be brought to Lipa on October 17; and back to the National Shrine on October 18-26 before it will be brought to Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 26, 2018 for its departure from the Philippines.

2018: Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

As the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines chose St. Padre Pio as the model for priests and religious. Padre Pio professed his vows as a Capuchin Friar and he was also an ordained priest.

Clergy, religious men and women, and the lay faithful attended a conference on St. Padre Pio at the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary in Manila.

During the visit of the heart of St. Padre Pio in Manila, a conference for the priests and religious was held at the University of Sto. Tomas. The clergy from different dioceses in Manila and other Provinces and the religious brothers and sisters from different religious congregations gathered together at the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary located within UST campus.

Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, gave a talk on the Person, Priesthood, and Spirituality of St. Padre Pio. He told the clergy and religious present that St. Padre Pio is a saint of the modern times. And yet his love for the Holy Eucharist, his enthusiasm in the celebration of the Sacraments, and his ardent love for his flock made him a servant of God.

Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas shares the life and spirituality of Padre Pio. On his right is the heart of the St. Padre Pio enclosed in a glass container.

After the conference, the Penitential Liturgy and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation followed. Rev. Fr. Genaro Diwa, Chairman of the Commission on Liturgy of the Archdiocese of Manila, presided the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour. Priests were also available to hear confessions.

The clergy and religious present were blessed to be given a change to hold and kiss the heart of St. Padre Pio during the veneration of the heart that followed after the Holy Hour. Three Augustinian Recollect friars were able to touch, kiss, and venerate the relic, namely, Fray Jonathan Caballero, Fray Keneth Pahamutang, and Fray Robin Ross Plata. In the afternoon, the heart of St. Padre Pio was brought to UST grounds for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Pablo David, DD, of the Diocese of Caloocan, and for public veneration that lasted until the next day before it was brought to Manila Cathedral.

Fray Jonathan Caballero, OAR (above) and Fray Keneth Pahamutang, OAR (below) were able to hold and kiss the heart of St. Padre Pio.
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Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR

A solemnly professed friar of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

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May 26 - June 01
  • 26

    All day
    May 26, 2019
    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION PARISH
    (Pasibi East, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan)
    Fiesta Mass: 9:00 A.M.
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Fidelis B. Layog (Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan)
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Avelina Tatel, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Angustias Librea, AR
  • 27

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    May 27, 2019
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Lobitaña, AR
  • 28

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    May 28, 2019
    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS
    WORLD DAY OF HUNGER (cf. LAMP 52)
    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)
    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Emilio Marquez, D.D. (Diocese of Lucena)
    Sr. Emilia Buenaseda, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Carmen Bolaños, AR
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Salome Paderogo, AR
    Sr. Ma. Leontina Corona Mira, AR
  • 30

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    May 30, 2019
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace [simple prof.]
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Teresita Salada, AR
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    FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF THBLESSED VIRGIN MARY
    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ROMANIA
    (May 31-June 2, 2019)
    Day 1: Rome-Bucharest
    8:10 -DEPARTURE by air from Rome-Fiumicino Airport for Bucharest
    11:30 -ARRIVAL at Henri CoandăOtopeni International Airport in Bucharest
    -OFFICIAL WELCOME at the airport
    -WELCOME CEREMONY at the entrance of the complex of the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    -COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF ROMANIA in the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    -MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER in the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    13:00MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Cotroceni Palace
    15:45PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE PATRIARCH in the Palace of the Patriarchate
    -MEETING WITH THE PERMANENT SYNOD OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH in the Palace of the Patriarchate
    THE LORD’S PRAYER in the new Orthodox Cathedral
    -HOLY MASS in the Catholic Saint Joseph Cathedral
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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ROMANIA
    (May 31-June 2, 2019)

    Day 2: Bucarest-Bacau-Sumuleu-Ciuc-Iasi-Bucarest

    BIRTHDAY
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