Relics of St. Padre Pio on display at Philadelphia basilica

PHILADELPHIA - Religious relics linked to Saint Padre Pio are now on display at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

The relics from Italy include a locket that encases a lock of the saint's hair and a fragment of his bed.

The relics will remain at the basilica until Monday evening, before they move onto St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and other stops around the country.

The church classifies the relics as "first-class," meaning they have a direct link to the saint.

The saint was a Capuchin monk in Italy who died in 1968 at the age of 81. He's considered a mystic and was canonized by Pope John Paul II In 2002.

The National Centre for Padre Pio is located in Washington Township, Berks County. It is planning a celebration to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his birth on May 25.

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