The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas announces that the tour of the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will make a stop in its Diocese on September 18, 19, and 20 The relics of Padre Pio, on a national tour sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation and currently available for veneration in other Archdioceses and Dioceses. The relics will be available for public veneration at the All-Saints Catholic Church, located at 5231 Meadowcreek Dr. Dallas TX 75248, on Monday, September 18, 2023; Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at 1585 E. Cartwright Rd. Mesquite TX 75149, on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, and at the Church of the Incarnation – University of Dallas, located at 1845 E Northgate Dr. Irving TX 75062, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. “We are indeed grateful to Bishop Edward J. Burns and Bishop Greg Kelly for inviting the Saint Pio Foundation to bring the relics of Padre Pio for the first time in the Diocese of Dallas. The most important fact, in our opinion, is that the majority of those attending the tour of the relics of Padre Pio would never be able to travel to Italy's San Giovanni Rotondo or Pietrelcina to visit the places where our Saint was born, lived, and died. It has, therefore, become a mission for us to enable these faithful devotees to have a 'spiritual encounter' with Padre Pio,” said Founder and CEO Luciano Lamonarca. The first and second-class relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration include: - The crusts of his wounds - Cotton gauze bearing his blood stains - A lock of his hair - His handkerchief soaked with his sweat only hours before he died - A piece of Padre Pio's mantle For additional information about the full tour of the relics, please visit: www.saintpiofoundation.org/the-tour-of-the-relics-of-padre-pio-2023 ABOUT THE RELICS In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God. About the Saint Pio Foundation Founded in 2014, the Saint Pio Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the legacy and teachings of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, popularly known as Padre Pio. Among its most important initiatives is the tour of the relics of Padre Pio, which has visited more than 100 cities in the United States and abroad, and the "Panis Angelicus" initiative, which provides thousands of boxes of food for families in need through its two programs "A Margherita for a Smile" and "Christmas Challenge."