Relics of Padre Pio come to Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - Padre Pio passed away 50 years ago, but his story is still being told through the things he left behind.

In honor of his passing, relics of the Catholic priest and stigmatist are being venerated at 40 locations across North America.

Monday they were at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, where hundreds came to pay respect and view them.

"Sometimes Catholics are accused of worshiping the saints, worshiping Mary, worshiping the relics, and of course we don't. We worship God alone, and relics are simply meant to be a reminder to us of the holy life that this man lived, and the holy life that every baptized Christian is called to live," said Father Jared Johnson, St. Mary's High School chaplain.

Padre Pio was named a saint by Pope John-Paul II in 2002.