Father Cyrus – Italian Pilgrimage

Fr. Cyrus is on a pilgrimage to many holy sites in Italy. In particular, he visited the Padre Pio Shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, Southern Italy, a popular Catholic pilgrimage shrine. About seven million pilgrims a year flock to Santa Maria delle Grazie Church (dedicated in 1676) to pay homage to Padre Pio, a well-known Italian saint who died there 40 years ago.


He also visited the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Salerno. In 1081, shortly after completion, the relics of the apostle Matthew, patron saint of the city, were buried in the crypt. Pope Gregory VII officially consecrated the Basilica. The Basilica was destroyed in an earthquake on June 5, 1688 and rebuilt in the 17th century. The “Treasure Chapel” contains the arm of Saint Matthew as well as a statue of the Salerno Martyrs. Underneath the main altar, the crypt area is the tomb of Saint Matthew.

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