Honoring one of the newer saints, a group from St. Leonard Church held the fifth annual procession for Saint Padre Pio on Sunday, June 28th in Boston’s North End. The statue of St. Pio was carried from St. Leonard Church after an Italian Mass and walked through the neighborhood streets where devotees pinned donations on ribbons. The procession was accompanied by the North End Marching Band.
St. Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy, born as Francesco Forgione and given the name Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capuchins, thus known popularly as Padre Pio. He became famous for bearing the stigmata.