San Giovanni Rotondo

THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE
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Located in the City of San Giovanni Rotondo, originally built in 1538, the Capuchin Monastery is the site where the Saint Pio lived from September, 1916, until his death in September, 1968.
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PADRE PIO'S CHURCH
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Long dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, the new sanctuary was commissioned by the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (province Sant’Angelo and Padre Pio) and conceived by the world renowned Architect Renzo Piano.

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PADRE PIO'S HOSPITAL
padre_pio_hospitalKnown the world over as the “Hospital of Padre Pio”, the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for Relief of the Suffering) is a religious hospital, entrusted to the Holy Father by Saint (Padre) Pio. The Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Foundation, of which the hospital is part, “is under the control of the Holy See in the person of Cardinal Secretary of State “pro tempore” which on the same Foundation shall exercise the custody”. The intention of Saint Pio was to create a structure which alleviated the suffering of the sick, to give comfort and solidarity to a person crushed by pain and suffering, both physical and psychological.
The mission of the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza is clearly summed up in the words pronounced by San Pio the 5th of May 1966:

"Ladies, gentlemen and brothers of Christ, the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza is full. I thank the benefactors from every corner of the globe who have cooperated. This is the creature that the Divine Providence, with your help, has created, and I give it to you, admire it and bless with me the Lord God.”

“…You are mere instruments in the hands of God to create this Casa “in which the souls and bodies of many of our sick brothers are taken care of and cured through the holy, medical, spiritual and social assistance of the hospital organization. The Work that you can see today, is at the beginning of its life, but in order to grow and become an adult it needs to be fed and this requires your continuing generosity so that it does not die of starvation, but makes this town famous for its hospital, one which is capable of meeting the most difficult technical challenges together with the most monastic Franciscan order."

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