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21 April 2010, JellyBean @ 9:57 am

It was supposed to be a cause for celebration, but the long-awaited arrival of Saint Padre Pio’s tomb in an elaborate purposely-built church in Italy has outraged worshippers for its ‘pomp’ and glitz.

Forty-two years after the saint’s remains were originally buried, they were transferred this week to Puglia, in Italy’s south-east, to a new church designed by architect Renzo Piano.

Despite the significance of the event it has failed to attract large crowds, and resulted in criticism from worshippers.

Saint Padre’s remains were transferred to the gold-plated mausoleum in a new coffin, decorated with 16 different semi-precious stones including serpentine, jade and rose quartz.

According to the Independent the Turin-based Padre Pio, Man of Suffering Association led the attacks on the ‘glitzy’ crypt.

And worshippers also expressed their outrage on the website of Italy’s Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno newspaper.
Pasquale from Andria, said: ‘Instead of spending all that money on meaningless work wouldn’t it have been better to build a practical structure to help so many people in need?’

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