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A woman venerates a relic of St Padre Pio at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell (CNS)

The heart of the saint was taken to the Archdiocese of Boston, the first time the relic has left Italy

A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

It will be the first time the relic has left Italy

Relics of St Anthony are venerated at a parish in Chicago earlier this year (Photo: CNS)

A reliquary containing some of the saint’s skin will tour Britain and Ireland in the autumn

A reliquary at Blessed Pope John Paul II's beatification ceremony in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Piece of cassock soaked in a vial of the late pope’s blood is being flown from Ireland today

Pilgrims pray before the heart of St Camillus in Killucan, County Westmeath. Up to 3,000 people attended the event

Thousands pray in front of relic in Killucan, Co Westmeath