| HUNDREDS OF PILGRIMS TO PAY HOMAGE TO PADRE PIO'S
RELICS DURING HOLY YEAR
| Rome, 7 (NE) Approximately three thousand pilgrims participated yesterday afternoon in the
ceremony of opening of the door of the sanctuary of "Holy Mary of Grace", in St. Giovanni
Rotondo, Italy, where the relics of Blessed Padre Pio are kept. Thousands of pilgrims are
expected to travel this year to the sanctuary, in the region of Foggia, to pay homage and ask for
the intercession of Padre Pio.
As the Italian news agency ANSA informed, a procession of faithful headed by the Archbishop
paid homage to the relics of the Blessed capuchin father, raised to the altars last year in one of
the most attended ceremonies celebrated in the city of Rome. Yesterday's opening of the door
of the shrine in St. Giovanni Rotondo was part of the activities on occasion of the Great Jubilee
of the year 2000 in this region of Italy.
As a capuchin religious declared to ANSA, "this year we expected a greater number of pilgrims
coming to pray over the tomb of Blessed Padre Pio. Our predictions have been confirmed by
the thousands of faithful that this afternoon have waited in prayer for the opening of the door of