The church of Saint Padre Pio

    The construction of the church of Saint Pio, commissioned to architect Enzo Piano, started in 1994 and was dedicated on July 1, 2004. The 120' feet tapering cross and the horizontal bell tower dominate the immense outside space gently sloping towards the grandiose window. A colonnade flanked by multiple halls for pilgrims, serves as support of the construction above it. The inside is dominated by 21 arches of different size, stemming from a central pillar containing, at its base in the crypt, the casket od Padre Pio. The stained glass window and the skylights create a special combination of light and shade. The materials used are mostly local, including the Apricena stone. Every detail in the church is magnificent work of art, from the pulpit to the organ to the altar, and many renowned artists have contributed such as Renzo Piano, Domenico Palladino, Giuliano Vangi, Arnoldo Pomodoro and many others.  The organ Pinchi opus 415 has 5814 pipes. The pulpit by Giuliano Vangi, the altar by Arnoldo Pomodoro, the bells by Marinelli foundry.
   The outdoor area                    
   The cross and the horizontal bell tower                    
    The outside                                                
   The inside                                                                    
  The crypt and lower church
   The wall of the ramp leading to the lower church and the crypt are adorned with magnificent mosaics. They depict stories from the life of St. Francis, Padre Pio, the Gospel, and the Old Testament. They are works of art from the atelier in Rome of Padre Marko Ivan Rupnik, a brilliant Jesuit artist from Slovenia. His collaborators come from many different countries and various Christian backgrounds. The ceiling has tiles of different sizes and shapes covered with gold. The whole complex of Saint Padre Pio has been realized with the donations of the faithful.
  The golden crypt





The Monumental Way of the Cross

   The cornerstone of the Monumental Way of the Cross was blessed by Padre Pio on September 22, 1968, just hours before his death.
The time capsule in buried under the statue of Padre Pio. It was inaugurated on August 9, 1981.
The spectacular bronze Stations, immersed in a sloping pine forest, come from the renowned Sicilian artist Francesco Messina.   
   Overall view                  
   The fourteen Station                                             



Forget me not quotes of Padre Pio

  "Everybody can say Padre Pio is mine."
"Do not get agitated. Agitation is useless."
"After my death I will do much more."
"I will not enter Paradise until last of my spiritual children has."
"Hypocrisy is the greatest evil of our time."
"Prayer is never wasted."
"If we knew the value of the Mass, security would be needed at the door to control the crowds."

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