We All Know Padre Pio, But Who Is St. Leopold Mandić?


The bodies of two saints now lie on view in the Vatican at the request of Pope Francis for the Jubilee of Mercy. One is Padre Pio (St. Pio of Pietrelcina) who is the world-renowned stigmatic priest from Italy. The other is St. Leopold Mandić. Pope Francis asked the Capuchins to bring the relics of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold to Rome for Ash Wednesday and for the commissioning of the “missionaries of mercy.”

Most of us are familiar with Padre Pio, but who was St. Leopold?

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