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1967 large 2nd class relic of Franciscan Capuchin friar St. Padre Pio with letter of provenance

An unusually large second-class ex indumentis (of the gown) relic of St. Padre Pio accompanied by a letter of provenance written a year prior to his death. The letter refers to the relic as "a piece of cloth from Padre Pio's gown that he wears." The letter was written by Mrs. Henrietta Godanza and dated December 18, 1967. A piece of cloth from St. Padre Pio's gown is affixed by the original pin to the upper left corner of the letter. 

Saint Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (†1968), was an Italian Franciscan Capuchin, friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope John Paul II. His feast day is celebrated on 23 September and he is considered a patron saint of Pietrelcina, Italy, civil defense volunteers, and adolescents.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 8-RSFD10-1
  • Size: 35 x 15 mm (1 1/2 x 1/2 inches)
  • Age: ca. 1967
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Materials: N/A
  • Price: $1,750

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