Relic from Padre Pio associated with healing miracles

Padre Pio shrine in South Jersey gains reputation for miracles – Hamilton Township.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday night at the roadside shrine to St. Padre Pio, as they do every week.

A brother in a long beard and a brown robe spoke about faith over the roar of passing motorcycles. Attendees bowed their heads, some rubbing rosary beads. Others waited in line to touch the glove relic.

Marie D’Andrea, who founded the shrine, travels to local hospitals with the relic, which she claims brings miracles. She received the glove, which she said was worn by the Italian monk, from a priest during a trip to Italy.

“He said, ‘This glove is worth more than your life. You need to really take care of it.’ So I’m on top of it,” she said. “I’m never going to get another one like it. And we’ve had so many healings from it.”

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The woman keeps a log of all the “healings”. She hopes to raise a million dollars and build a church on the site. The relic was taken to a man in the hospital, he did better, and they attributed that to the Pio relic. Pathetically weak evidence. But it’s not about evidence, it’s about belief.

Padre Pio is WELL known. But were his miracles impressive? Well, let’s just say the claims were impressive. Here is a piece about his history.

Not only was Padre Pio accused of inducing his stigmata with acid, he was also alleged to have misused funds and to have had sex with female parishioners—in the confessional. The founder of the Catholic university hospital in Rome branded Pio “an ignorant and self-mutilating psychopath who exploited people’s credulity”

He was not universally beloved.

  4 comments for “Relic from Padre Pio associated with healing miracles

  1. August 31, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Absence of evidence only reinforces faith ib believers.

  2. Guastafeste
    September 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    That hospital guy was probably only jealous of all the action that Padre Pio was getting.

  3. Deyna
    October 5, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Heard of Padre Pio not long ago, know very little about him, actually this is the first site I open about him.
    He was human, he may have had powers ..I shall keep investigating :), looking for evidence. Healings only are not much. I’ve got more than that myself.

  4. Frank
    March 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

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