A long white, lace mantilla framed the face of a young woman as she kissed the glass-covered mitt. This is one of the fingerless gloves worn by the humble Franciscan priest, renowned throughout the world as Padre Pio. He needed them to cover the bleeding wounds in his stigmatized hands as he celebrated Mass.
The mitt was one of three relics of St. Pio of Pieltrelcina that came to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and were displayed on May 18 and 19. The mitt, along with a piece of cloth used to stanch his wounds and a tiny portion of his bed, were placed on view at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, admired throughout the world as a superb example of Romanesque Revival architecture, a fitting temporary home for the holy relics.
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As a side note, years ago (1970), I was at a prayer group on Long Island, N.Y. where a nun brought one of Padre Pio’s fingerless gloves to show us. We all venerated (kissed) the glove. There was a man standing away from us, who had brought his wife to the prayer group, was not a church goer and did not participate. The glove was handed to him and he smelled roses! No one else did. After that I heard that the man was converted and returned to going to church. A miracle from heaven through the intercession of Padre Pio!