ROME, ITALY - 5 FEBRUARY 2016: A faithful touches the glass box where the relic of Saint Pio is exposed, in the church of San Salvatore in Lauro, in Rome, Italy, on February 5th 2016.
Crowds of tens of thousands faithfuls and pilgrims greeted the arrival of the relics of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – and Saint Leopold Mandic in Rome. On the afternoon of February 5h, the two saint will be taken in procession to St-Peter's basilica.
Saint Pio and Saint Leopold were two Franciscans that lived in the 20th century and that are well known as confessors and spiritual guides. Pope Francis himself requested that the relics of the saints come to Rome, in part to inspire the ministry of the priests who have been chosen as Missionaries of Mercy for the Jubilee.