Thousands celebrate St. Padre Pio

Sep 21, 2015 415

by Daniel J. Kov

Held one week early to make room for the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the St. Padre Pio Festival on Sunday continued to delight local residents looking to eat, pray and love in the company of family. The couple of thousand residents who made their way out for the annual event often referred to it as feeling like "family," and with so many things to offer everyone it's hard not to see why.

"This is a great way to bring people together," festival co-chair Grace Hoffner said. "There's definitely a little bit of something for everyone." The festival, which was hosted at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, featured an assortment of foods, children's activities, live music and an Italian Mass led by Father Fortunato.

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