St. Padre Pio & Three New Testament Saints: Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Linus for September 23

Roman Martyrology - 2004 
An Intriguing Connection Between St. Padre Pio, St. Elizabeth, and St. Zechariah
Today - September 23 - honors three Bible Saints: Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah, and Linus; as well as a new-ish saint, St. Padre Pio.  One neat connection here is that St. Padre Pio spent much of his life in a small Italian city called San Giovanni Rotondo - a city named after and placed under the patronage of St. John the Baptist, who is the son of two of today's saints: Elizabeth and Zechariah.

St. Linus
St. Linus was a good friend of St. Paul.  Based on Paul's Second Letter to Timothy, which is considered to have been written while imprisoned in Rome, not long before he was martyred.  It is clear that Linus was with Paul, possibly until Paul's death.  It is believed that when our first Pope, Peter, was martyred, that this rather obscure New Testament Saint replaced him and became the second Pope of the Catholic Church.

Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers send greetings.
~ St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:21b

St. Padre Pio

The Church of San Giovanni Battista Rotondo
in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

Saints Zechariah and Elizabeth
Parents of San Giovanni Battista
(St. John the Baptist)

Saint Pope Linus