DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 March) — The incorrupt heart relic of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, doctors, nurses, and other health workers, will visit the cities of Davao, Mati, and Cagayan de Oro this month as part of the 57-day Journey of the Heart 2.0 in several cities and provinces in the Philippines from February 2 to March 31, 2019.
The heart relic will be brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on March 13 from Bacolod City, according to the itinerary posted on the Facebook page of The Camillians.
The relic will be at the San Pedro Hospital on March 14 and San Pedro Cathedral on March 15 for Eucharistic masses and public veneration for the devotees.
The heart relic will depart for Mati City where it will be displayed at the Cathedral of San Nicolas de Tolentino on March 16; St. Camillus Hospital on March 17; and St. Camillus Chaplaincy Community in Davao City on March 18.
In 2013, the heart relic arrived in the country and the cities of Davao and Mati were also part of its journey.
This year, Cagayan de Oro will be added to the Mindanao journey.
The relic will leave Davao City for Cagayan de Oro City onf March 19 where it will be venerated at the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral until March 20.
The relic will return to St. Camillus Provincialate, Loyola Heights in Quezon City on March 21.
The nearly two-month journey of the heart relic will conclude on March 31 at the Manila Cathedral.
Enshrined at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, the relic will return to Rome, Italy on April 1.
In October 2018, Filipino devotees welcomed the heart relic of Padre Pio, an Italian priest and a mystic known to have received the gift of stigmata or the wounds of Christ. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)