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In pictures: Padre Pio on display

Body of Padre Pio on display

The body of the Catholic saint, Padre Pio, has gone on display in Italy, dressed in robes and his face covered in a silicone mask.

Pilgrims queue to see body of Padre Pio

Thousands of visitors queued to see the body following an open-air mass in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Puglia.

A pilgrim holds a booklet with Padre Pio on the cover in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy

The Capuchin monk had a considerable following for what appeared to be bleeding wounds on his hands and feet, similar to those associated with the crucifixion of Jesus.

A statue of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy

Sceptics accused him of faking the marks, known as stigmata, and Church officials say the exhumed body bears no trace of them.

Nuns wait for a mass in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy

More than a million Catholic pilgrims are expected to make the trip to see his body, which was unearthed in March.

A shop with religious gifts in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy

The cleric, who died in 1968, was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.




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