Display the heart of Padre Pio in the church to allow the faithful to pray to the relic of the Saint of Pietrelcina. This is the request of the “Amici di Padre Pio” and “Amici di Emanuele Brunatto” committees which, when asked by Adnkronos, explain why it is so important to them. “We cannot understand why the attitude of not showing, of keeping everything hidden persists in one part of the Church. Yet Pope Francis is continually saying ‘enough skeletons in the closet’. It would be an extraordinary message to the faithful to expose the heart of Padre Pio in church “, explains Costanzo Bocci, president of the” Friends of Padre Pio “committee. Read also “I hope that the ecclesiastical authorities accept our request so that believers can pray to Saint Pio in the best possible way all year round. The announcement of such a gesture, in fact, would make the faithful all over the world fill with joy. For those who believe , the relic contains the signs of the fiery sword used by the angel who pierced it: it is the transverberation of the Saint “, says Raffaele Augello, president of the” Amici di Emanuele Brunatto “committee. The two committees wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Diocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo Monsignor Franco Moscone, to the Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor Fra Maurizio Placentino, to the Guardian of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie Fra Carlo M. Laborde and to the Rector of the Church of San Pio da Pietrelcina Friar Francesco Dileo: “For a long time now, we have been receiving requests – they say in the letter – from many prayer groups, devotees and spiritual children to be able to pray even in front of the rel iquia del ‘Cuore’ di San Pio “.” Almost 10 years have passed – they underline – since the formal declaration made by Archbishop Mons. Castoro, during his homily on the occasion of the celebration of the solemn Mass for the patronal feast of St. John the Baptist, on 24 June 2013, with which he put an end to the dispute, which had so indignant public opinion, between the Friars and the Community of San Giovanni Rotondo, represented by the pro tempore Mayor Luigi Pompilio, regarding the location in another city of the relic of the ‘heart’ of the Saint. In light of the foregoing, and in the recurrence of the stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi, we believe that the time has come for the Lords to find an understanding, a worthy place in the “Heart” of Padre Pio, to give the opportunity to pilgrims- visitors to pray, grateful, in front of the relic that represents the ‘Stigmata of the transverberation of St. faith, and which will rekindle the flame of love and devotion for Padre Pio. We therefore believe that it would be appropriate to place the ‘pulsating’ relic of the Heart of Padre Pio, in the crypt of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, blessed by Padre Pio, a few days before his death, and which he indicated in his testamentary letter, addressed to Mayor Francesco (Don Ciccio) Morcaldi, on 12 August 1923, a date close to the centenary. In paying our respects and aware of having offered a dutiful contribution, we recall with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the words of the Gospel of Matthew (5, 15): ‘A city located on a mountain cannot remain hidden, nor does a lamp to put it under the bushel, but above the lamp to give light to all those who are in the house ‘”, they conclude.
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