Thousands line up to view relic of Catholic saint in Massachusetts

BOSTON (WHDH) - Thousands of Catholics are visiting New England to see a relic of a popular saint.

The heart of St. Padre Pio is on display at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston through Friday. Before that, it was at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, St. Leonard’s Church in the North End and the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston in Braintree. This is the first time the relic left Italy.

St. Padre Pio, an Italian monk, was known for developing unexplained wounds on his body, believed to be the stigmata of Jesus Christ. He died in 1968 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Wednesday night, hundreds of people lined up at St. Leonard’s to touch and kiss the case that contains St. Padre Pio’s heart.

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