Jubilee of Mercy’s Exhibition of Father Pius (Padre Pio)

Jubilee of Mercy’s Exhibition of Father Pius (Padre Pio)

When Pope Francis established the Year of Mercy, a full slate of Jubilee events were slotted into his already packed calendar for 2016.
Exhibition of Father Pius.
Is one of the most popular events of the Jubilee:  the remains of Father Pius, the saint of Pietralcina, are moved from San Giovanni Rotondo and exhibited in the Vatican from February 8th to the 14th for the Ash Wednesday event, the day on which Pope Francis will confer the mandate of confessors to the Missionaries of Mercy.  The body of Saint Leopold Mandic, another Capuchin, will also be brought to Saint Peter’s together with Father Pius:  Bergoglio has chosen them as symbols of the sacrament of confession.
That event will coincide with the relics of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, being shown in Rome for the first time. The pope requested the saint’s corpse be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica, according to jubilee organizers, to be a sign for the missionaries of how God welcomes those who seek forgiveness.
Beyond the Jubilee, the pope will preside over major traditional liturgical events throughout the year, meet with ambassadors, papal nuncios, Vatican officials and groups from all over the world.

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