Italian confreres of Padre Pio moved by Filipinos’ devotion

Italian confreres of Padre Pio moved by Filipinos’ devotion

Devotees raise their hands in prayer as Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan displays the heart relic of Saint Padre Pio at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, October 8, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

October 10, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The Italian Capuchin friars who brought the heart relic of Saint Padre Pio to the Philippines were humbly moved by the strong devotion of Filipinos, especially the youth.

Fra. Giovanni Delle Carri, one of the two custodians of the relic, said they are deeply touched by the faith of Filipinos who braved the heat, occasional rain showers and long queues to venerate the relic.

“It’s a great experience, very beautiful. We are all emotional. I am emotional for the faith of this people of the Philippines, a Christian nation,” said Carri.

“We see the genuineness of the people, the faith, the great faith of this people that honors Padre Pio, honors the Lord through the sanctity of Padre Pio,” he said.

What is more gratifying, he stressed, is the presence of many young devotees who gave their time to catch a glimpse of the heart relic.

“I am sure that the heart of Padre Pio will also touch this generation, this new generation of the Filipino people and there will be fruits,” Carri added.

On Wednesday, long lines still engulfed the Manila Cathedral as thousands more people continue to queue for a chance to venerate the relic, take confessions and attend Masses.

The cathedral is the second stop of the relic since it arrived in the country last Friday.

Over the weekend, the incorrupt heart relic stayed at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas Batangas.

Last Monday, the relic spent overnight at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila before it was brought to the Manila Cathedral on the following day.

On Thursday, following a 6am farewell mass at the cathedral, the relic will be heading to Cebu City.