Monument dedicated to Saint Pio
MONUMENT DEDICATED TO SAINT PIO
It is located in Piazza Padre Pio and was completely renovated by architect Eugenio Abruzzini. It is placed next to the Church of San Leonardo and was erected in honour of Padre Pio and made by the artist Pericle Fazzini. Saint Pio wears his inseparable and humble habit and his priest's stole. His moving body is stretched upwards, towards the Lord, his hands hold up the monstrance with a crown of vibrating rays and blesses the worshippers. Under the bronze statue some of the most significant moments of the life of the Saint of Gargano are reproduced: 1° Padre Pio protected by one of his countrymen while he is trying to push him away threatening him with a pitchfork of barn; 2° Padre Pio tempted by the Devil; 3° Padre Pio who is confessing; 3° Padre Pio who receives the Stigmata. Admiring this monument, tourists or worshippers can see that there are empty spaces that have the exact profile of Saint Pio and are exactly six. These empty spaces want to remind of the phenomenon of bilocation, when the Stigmatized Friar was seen in other places even if he was in San Giovanni Rotondo. On 28 July 1987, in the 71th anniversary of the arrival of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Senator Giulio Andreotti, when he was still Minister for Foreign Affairs, gave a speech on the occasion of the inauguration of the monument. By the will of sculptor Fazzini, this monument is not protected by any fence.