Friday, January 4, 2019

Day 9 - Thurs., 1/3/19 - San Giovanni Rotondo to Loreto

We started the day with 8:30am Mass in the same chapel that Padre Pio celebrated Mass and then venerated his body before driving to visit the Cave of St. Michael the Archangel, where he appeared 3 times in the fifth century.  After lunch we drove north to Lancino to see the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano and then to Loreto for the night.

Padre Pio Shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo

Chapel in which St. Padre Pio celebrated Mass

Loft (overlooking chapel) where he received his stigmata.

St. Padre Pio's well-known confessional

One year's worth of letters received by St. Padre Pio

 The Sanctuary Cave of St. Michael the Archangel

Wedding toasts.... the natural continuation of the running joke that started in Rome with Carson exclaiming "That's my wife!" to the table-side, guitar playing, troubadour who began singing to Sloan.

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