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
|The outdoor area|
|The cross and the horizontal bell tower|
|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
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.
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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