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                                             

  Monuments to Padre Pio are all over the world. In Italy they are everywhere.
Here is a small sample taken from the web.
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 1Monteleone di Puglia  2Montelepre  3Montoro Superiore  4Muros  5New Orleans  6Orosei  7Pace del Mela  8Agrigento 

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 1Paduli  2Palese  3Palma di Montechiaro  4Pescara  5Pescopennataro  6Pescosannita  7Piacenza  8Piane Crati  9Piazza Armerina 

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 1Pilonico Paterno  2Pilotello  3Pofi  4Poggio a Caiano  5Poggio Sannita  7Prato 

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 1Acireale  2Acquedolci  3Aidone  4Alberobello  5Andria  6Aprilia  7Assisi  8Bari Picone
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  1Bari Picone  2Barrali  3Bompensiere    4Benini Sculpture Ranch, Tx  5Bisaccia  6Bitonto 

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  1Bologna 2Buena NY  3Angri  4Avetrana  5Cagliari  6Cagnano Varano  7Campoli del Monte Taburno  8Cancello Arnone 

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 1Canne della battaglia  2Capelvenere  3Carey, OH  4Carrara  5Castelnuovo di Conza  6Castelsilano  7Castrofilippo  

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  1Catania  2Chiusa Sclafani  3Ciampino  4Colle d'Anchise  5Conversano  6Corleto Monforte  7Cosenza  8Cromwell, CT  9Dasa 

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 1Dillinge, Germany  2Diso  3Dogliola  4Elba  5Elmas  6Fornacelle  7Forno Alto  8Francavilla Angitola  9Francavilla di Sicilia 

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 1Frascati  2Gabicce Monte  3Gallipoli  4Ghilarza  5Gioia Tauro  6Grumo Nevano  7Guardia Porticara  8Guardia Saframondi  9Iglesias 

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1Landsville Minotota, NJ  2Laureano di Borrello  3Lettopalena  4Lipari  5Lodi  6Mamore Donegal  7Manfredonia 

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 1Marina di Camerota  2Marina Franca  3Martirano Lombardo  4Matera  5Matinella  6Miglionico  7Mineo  8Montaguto  9Montevago 
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 1Pozzilli  2Regnana  3Rende  4Rivazzurra  5Rocca di Capri Leone  6Roccavaldina  7Rockland County Salesians, NY  8Rometta Marea 

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 1Rometta  2S. Agata Militello  3S. Salvatore in Lauro, Roma  4S. Stanislao  5Saarfels, Germany  6Samo  7San Benedetto del Tronto  8San Casciano Val di Pesa  9San Costantino  10Sanfratello 

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  1San Lorenzo Maggiore  2San Roberto  3San Secondo  4San Sosti  5Santa Paolina  6Sant'Agata di Militello  7Sant'Elia a Pianisi  8Sassari 

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 1Santo Stefano Medio  2Sava  3Scalea  4Schiavitelli  5Scido  6San Giovanni Rotondo  7Solofra  8Soveria Simeri  9Sperlonga 

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 1Spezzano della Sila  2St. Louis Missouri  3Stazzo  4Stornellara  5Taormina  6Taviano  7Teggiano  8Terlizzi  9Termoli 

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 1Tornareccio  2Torremaggiore  3Torrevado  4Torricella Peligna Monacizzo  5Torricella Peligna  6Tortorici  7Trapani  8Travagliato 

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 1Tremiti  2Trieste  3Triggiano  4Tropea  5Vaccarella  6Valenzano  7Vetralla  8Vicovaro Tivoli 

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 1Villafranca Tirrena  2Vineland, NJ  3Volturino  4Wigratzbad, Germany  5Zibido  6Zoagli 
  Quotes of Padre Pio written in stone

  "Everybody can say: Padre Pio is mine."
"The children may neglect the father. The father will never neglect his children."
"I will stop at the door of paradise and will not enter until all my children are in."
"Pray; hope. Jesus will help you."
  "Let's have always lit in our heart the flame of charity."
"In the silence of the night I have raised my hand many times to bless you all."
"I will never get tired of praying for you."
"...God is our joy, our peace, and our glory."
"May Mary transform to joy every pain in your life."
In ecstasy seeing Mary: "...Oh Mommy, you are beautiful. I love you."
"I'd like to have a voice so strong to invite every sinner to love Mary."

More quotes
"Do not get agitated. Agitation is useless."
"After my death I will do much more."
           "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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