THE incorrupt heart relic of stigmatist St. Padre Pio at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila left on Thursday morning and would be staying in Cebu until Sunday.
The farewell mass for the heart relic of Padre Pio, which was venerated by thousands of devotees from the time it set foot at the University of Santo Tomas for an overnight vigil until it was brought to the Manila Cathedral where it stayed from October 9 to 11, was celebrated by Jose Clemente Ignacio, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The heart relic left at about 7:30 a.m. and was taken to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 by Father Joselin Gonda, rector of National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Batangas and Manila police escort to visit the Cebu Cathedral.
It will be taken to the Davao Cathedral on Sunday.
The relic will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio on October 18 where it will stay until October 26 before returning to its home in Italy. CATHERINE MODESTO