On 28 May 2018 at 6 pm, the first stone of the “Our Lady of the Tears” centre was laid in Drapia.
The event took place in a day full of emotions and spirituality, in the presence of civil and religious authorities, with a series of speeches by its main players about the history of the project, a detailed architectural and medical-scientific description and its religious vocation.
At the end of the celebration, officiated by bishop Mons. Renzo, the first stone was laid, thus sealing what was a really important day for “La Cittadella di Padre Pio”.
Here is a video of the highlights of the event, in chronological order.
Introduction by Irene
Greeting by Irene Gaeta and her introduction to the day.
Medical and scientific aspects
Presentation of the project’s medical and scientific aspects by the scientific director Marcella Marletta.
Description of the project
Description of the entire “La Cittadella di Padre Pio” project by architect Luciano Messina.
Celebration and blessing
A celebration and blessing of the work by the bishop of the Mileto-Nicotera-Tropea dioceses, Mons. Luigi Renzo.
Laying of the first stone
The laying of the first stone of the “Our Lady of Tears” centre, the first building of “La Cittadella di Padre Pio”.
Final speech by the president of the Calabria regional authority
Speech by the president of the Calabria regional authority, Mario Oliverio, at the end of the laying of the first stone of “La Cittadella di Padre Pio” event.
TGR Calabria – 29 MAY 2018, 2 pm
Calabria regional news bulletin by Pasqualino Pandullo and broadcast at 2 pm on the day after the event.
TGR Calabria – 29 May 2018, 7.30 pm Calabria regional news report by Pasqualino Pandullo, broadcast the day after the event at 7.30 pm.