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Thieves fail to steal Pio relics.

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, ITALY * Thieves attempted, but failed, to steal a few relics of St. Padre Pio from the Capuchin cemetery in San Giovanni Rotondo, the town where the friar lived and ministered.

Italian police said the would-be thieves entered the cemetery chapel the night of Aug. 8 and used a sharp object to try to break the glass case of a reliquary containing some of St. Pio's hair, a gauze bandage that had been wrapped around his ribs, and a pair of his gloves.

The bandage and gloves are stained with blood from the stigmata that marked the saint's body. For more than a half century, Padre Pio bore bloody wounds on his hands, feet and side, like those that marked Christ's crucified body.

The glass on the reliquary was scratched but not broken, police said.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Aug 20, 2010
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