ST. PADRE PIO
Believing in its miracle of healing, thousands trooped to San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City to see the relic of St. Padre Pio
Last October 14, 2018, thousands of Catholic devotees from the different parts of Mindanao came to Davao City to witness the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Davao City was the fourth destination for the relic.
Despite the rainy weather in the evening, it did not stop the Dabawenyos to fall in line to see the religious relic.
Knowing about Padre Pio's gift of healing, a lot were eager to visit the relic.
“Nakadungog lang pud sa uban ba nga muabot ang santo nga ingon sa mga tao maka ayo ug sakit (I heard that the saint, who can heal people, will arrive in Davao City),” Mercedita Villaflor, a resident from Ecoland, said.
She also said there were a lot of people who came from different places in Mindanao to see the saint's body at the San Pedro Cathedral just to witness the relic which is believed to bring miracles of healing.
“Daghan daw siyag miracle ta's naa man gud koy sakit gud mao nang nangadto mi dinhi,(He has a lot of Miracles and I'm sick that's why we came here),” Michelle Mojana, a resident from Kidapawan City who came all the way to Davao to witness the relic.
Saint Padre Pio, whose name was Francesco Forgion, was born in the small town of Pietrelcina on Italy on May 25, 1887.
Martin Lopez Jr., Former coordinator of the Padre Pio Shrine of Malagamot, St. Padre Pio, who was a Capuchin priest, served the church since he was a little boy. He has devoted his life to Jesus Christ and Mother Mary.
"Ginaampo niya ang mga sinners nga malangit gyud sila, (He always pray for the sinners that they will go to heaven)," Lopez said.
Because of his love for Jesus Christ, Mother Mary, and to the people, he asked the Lord to sacrifice himself for the salvation of human kind.
"Tungod kay iyang gihangyo nga muambit siya sa sacrifice ni Christ, ni appear sa iya ang stigmata, (Because he asked to also be the sacrifice like Christ, stigmata appeared on him)”.
A stigmata is a condition where wounds appear the same as crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. It usually manifests on the hands, wrists, and feet of persons with stigmata.
Padre Pio was also said to receive the gift of bilocation which means he has the miraculous ability to appear in two places at a same time.
It was also recorded that he had the gift of reading hearts, which is the ability that could see the souls of the other people and knowing their sins without hearing a word from the repentant.
Lopez added that many people from different countries to confess their sins to St. Padre Pio.
Padre Pio is also known for his gift of healing wherein he can cure the people who have illnesses.
He also had the gift of tongue, which allows him to speak in different languages. He also has the ability of levitation.
What made him miraculous to the people today, since his death in September 1968, the body still remained as intact and even his heart comes out of his chest miraculously without being touched by other people.
Lopez added that even his heart was divided in to two due to transverberation. Transverberation is described as "the burning arrow of the Holy Spirit which has pierced his heart."
"Dili na sya makita pero mafeel nga sakit gyud na siya (It cannot be seen but he can feel the pain)," Lopez added.
Lopez also said Padre Pio's blood was said to smell like a rose.
As a devout Catholic, seeing the relic would amaze them but at the same time it will also give Catholics a realization that one must not forget God in their daily lives.