In the Church of Sant’Anna in Pietrelcina, Padre Pio experienced: baptism, first communion, confirmation, visions, and spiritual experiences.
Pietrelcina, The Church of Saint Anna
The Church of Sant’Anna is located at the highest point of the Castello neighborhood in Pietrelcina. The church originated in the 13th century. Behind the main altar is a painting from the 600s which depicts the Madonna of Loreto.
As you enter, there is a fresco on the left which shows Jesus’ baptism. There is also a baptismal font there where little Francesco was baptized on May 26th, 1887. This is the same church where Padre Pio received the First Communion and Confirmation.
During the years he spent living in Pietrelcina, Padre Pio celebrated Holy Mass and heard confession for the people in Pietrelcina in this very church. He also had many spiritual experiences in the Church of Sant’Anna, such as witnessing the apparition of the Virgin Mary, his Guardian Angel, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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