The Padre Pio Pilgrimage Experience

Pilgrim profile: Sister Maria Patricia

Sister Maria Patricia. | Photo by Nathan Vickers.

An interview with Sister Maria Patricia, a nun from the Apostles of Jesus Crucified Order, and faithful follower of Padre Pio.

In the shadow of Silvio’s saint


Angelina Jadanza, came to San Giovanni Rotondo 44 years ago on pilgrimage and never left — eventually serving in the hospital Padre Pio founded.

Pilgrim profile: Rose

Rose, born in Cameroon, is on a two-day pilgrimage from France. | Photo by Teresa Mahoney.

An interview with Rose, a pilgrim who’s come to pray for her daughter’s success at the shrine of Padre Pio.

Attracting the diverse

Milena Ercolino. | Photo by Aby Sam Thomas.

20-year-old Valentina Franzese makes for an unlikely pilgrim, but she has been traveling around various places of religious significance throughout Europe with her family. Contrastingly, Milena Ercolino, has been working as a tour guide at the Padre Pio shrine for over 12 years.

Beyond San Giovanni Rotondo: Padre Pio still speaks to the world

A technician works the soundboard at Tele Radio Padre Pio. | Photo by Anne Cohen.

Tele Radio Padre Pio, broadcasts Padre Pio-related content 24 hours a day, acros four continents. Here’s a glimpse inside this small but potent operation, right in the heart of San Giovanni Rotondo.

Padre Pio: Making business personal

Rodolfo San Rafaelle (right) and his wife (left) at their small souvenir shop in San Giovanni Rotondo. | Photo by Teresa Mahoney.

San Raffaele Articoli Religiosi souvenir shop was one of the first top open up in San Giovanni Rotondo, almost 45 years ago. It now competes with nearly two dozen similar stores.

Cured by Padre Pio

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Agnes Reyes and Maria Persichetti are just two of the many pilgrims who travel to San Giovanni Rotondo every year come to ask Padre Pio to have their ailments be cured with a blessing or miracle.

The Business of Pilgrimage

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A pilgrimage is one of the oldest forms of tourism, and religious travel is still going strong, despite the economic recession. The small Italian town of San Giovanni Rotondo, the resting place of a modern-day Saint, epitomizes a place where faith and finances intersect.