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Please send us your prayer intentions and we will have these printed out and given to Father Benedict Croell or one of the other friars who will be commissioned by the pope on. Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday.

It is because of you that Father Benedict Croell and other Dominican friars will be able to make their trip to Rome and begin their mission of mercy!

The body of Padre Pio will be on display for veneration at next month’s Ash Wednesday Mass in the Vatican, where Father Croell and a group of priests will be sent out as “Missionaries of Mercy” for the Jubilee Year.

Pope Francis “has expressed his keen desire” for the relics of the Capuchin saint to be exposed during the Feb. 10 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

In a letter Archbishop Michele Castoro of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Archbishop Fisichella explained that this year’s Ash Wednesday is the day on which the Pope “will send the Missionaries of Mercy throughout the world, conferring on them the special mandate of preaching and hearing confessions, as a living sign of how the Father welcomes all those who seek his forgiveness.”

“The presence of St. Pio’s remains,” he said, “will be a precious sign for all missionaries and priests, who will find strength for their own mission in the wondrous example of this untiring, welcoming and patient confessor, an authentic witness of the Father’s mercy.”

These Missionaries of Mercy are priests who, during the Jubilee of Mercy, will be given the faculties to pardon sins in cases otherwise reserved to the Holy See.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, colloquially known as “Padre Pio,” was a priest of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin, a stigmatist, and a mystic, who lived from 1887-1968. He was beatified in 1999, and canonized in 2002 by St. John Paul II. He was born in Pietrelcina, but ministered in San Giovanni Rotondo from 1916 until his death.

On Feb. 5, the relics will be carried in procession from Saint Lawrence to St. Peter’s Basilica, where they will remain until Feb. 11.

Thank you for making this trip possible!

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