According to the
Kath.net news agency, during a festive ceremony on March 28 at the
basilica dedicated to Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, the mayors of
the two cities exchanged documents and gifts officially establishing a
relationship of “sister cities.”
Among the special guests at the unique ceremony was Jerzy Kluger, 86, a friend of young Karol Wojtyla.
event, the Polish edition of the book, “The Pope and the Friar,” by
Stefano Campanella, was presented. The book relates the special
relationship between John Paul II and Padre Pio.
Giovanni Rotondo in Italy and Wadowice in Poland, cities where St.
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and the Servant of God John Paul II were both
respectively born, have established an official relationship as “sister