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Padre Pio

Padre Pio is now Saint Padre Pio. Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002. For many years in the past, thousands of people have climbed up the mountain path in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, to visit the great Padre Pio, or at least see Padre Pio, the famous stigmatized Capuchin monk. Padre Pio was the first priest in the history of the Catholic Church to bear the holy wounds of Jesus Christ.

Padre Pio was born in the village of Pietrelcina, Italy, on May 25, 1887. Padre Pio's parents gave him the name of Francesco Forgione. There were eight children in total, three of whom died in infancy. Padre Pio's parents were simple hard working farmers. They were so poor, that Padre Pio's father Orazio went to the United States twice, in order to be able to provide for his family and earn enough money to educate Padre Pio for the priesthood.

As a child, Padre Pio avoided the company of other children, and did not take part in their games. Padre Pio had a great horror of sin and cried when he heard anyone blaspheming, or taking God’s name in vain. Even when Padre Pio was seven years old, Padre Pio could tell if somebody was in the state of sin. From the time Padre Pio was a child, Padre Pio would often think about the things of God and keep himself recollected.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faithful gather as remains of Stigmata Saint go on display

Tens of thousands of worshippers gathered this morning at the shrine of the Roman Catholic saint and mystic Padre Pio to be among the first to view his exhumed body.

More than a million people are expected to file past a glass casket holding his restored corpse between now and the end of the year. Catholic practices allow for the remains of saints to be exhumed, checked for their state of deterioration, and put on display as relics for veneration.

Padre Pio’s body is unusually central to the cult that surrounds him, and exceptionally controversial. For believers, the visible evidence of his sanctity were the stigmata – the wounds of Jesus on the cross – that first appeared in 1910.

But according to a book published last year, Padre Pio acquired carbolic acid from a local pharmacist that may have been used to create his wounds. His body was exhumed on March 3 and its condition has been variously described as “fair” and “almost intact”.

A team of biochemists and other experts has been working since then to get it into a fit state for display. An unanswered question to be resolved today is whether Padre Pio’s face will be covered by a wax mask sent from Madame Tussauds museum in London.

Reports from the vast church built to his memory at San Giovanni Rotondo near the Adriatic coast said at least 15,000 were expected to attend a service celebrated by the Vatican cardinal whose department oversees the making of saints.

Capuchin friars bustled to and fro, directing the faithful down one of three routes – one for the disabled, another marked green for those who had reserved, and a third marked red for those who had not. Italy’s public broadcasting service, RAI, was to transmit the mass live.

Though still known to millions of Catholics around the world simply as Padre Pio, the Capuchin friar was made a saint by the late Pope John Paul II. He was credited by his fellow friars with more than 1,000 miraculous cures and interventions.

But until his death in 1968, the church authorities remained deeply sceptical of the claims made on Padre Pio’s behalf. It was only the sheer momentum generated by his devotees that prompted a rethink.

Another adherent to the cult surrounding the mystic friar emerged this week. Carlo Ancelotti, the AC Milan coach, said he sometimes prayed to the saint from the bench.

Maria Stella Candela, who arrived in San Giovanni Rotondo from Trapani, Sicily, told the Ansa news agency: “My 37-year-old son is sick. He has a tumour. I pray – I have always prayed – to Padre Pio. And now I am here to pray some more.”

 

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More miraculous stories in the life of Saint Padre Pio
(This article is a continuation of miraculous stories in the life of St Padre Pio. Part 1 which is entitled "Little known stories in the life of St Padre Pio" can be found here
I would like to sincerely thank Brother Michael of the Cross and also Thomas Warner M.D. for transcribing these stories. -Webmaster)
 

 

The cure of Gaspare di Prazzo, Cianciana, Agrigento

Mr. Gaspare di Prazzo had a case of Mediterranean Fever which had become very serious. A woman, Signora Vacarro, knew of Padre Pio and recommended the patient invoke Padre Pio's help for a cure and Signora Vacarro gave Gaspare a picture of Padre Pio to use while invoking his intercession. Upon receiving the photo, the patient kissed the photograph of Padre Pio and begged him to cure him. 

A few days passed when one evening 
at 6pm the patient said to his wife: "Put someone at the door and don't let anyone in, because Padre Pio is coming, and I don't want to be seen by anyone.' 

The wife nodded assent and assured him that their nephew was already near the door.
 

Later that night, at eleven o'clock, when all were in bed and only his wife was sitting up by the patient's bedside, and the patient had a significant fever he said to his wife:
'Put out the light because Padre Pio is about to come, and I don't want to be seen by anyone, not even by you.' 

His wife obeyed and put out the light. All of a sudden the patient began to speak, very joyfully: "Oh! Padre 
Pio, are you here to heal me? I thank you. Pass your hand from my head to my feet. I cannot go on anymore and I do not want to leave my wife a widow...' 

The patient felt Padre 
Pio near his bed. He passed his stigmatized hand over all his body. His wife saw nobody, but understood that Padre Pio was beside her beloved spouse, and trembling in a corner of the room on her knees, weeping she also prayed to Padre Pio: ' As you have come, Padre Pio, ask Our Lord for the grace of my husband's cure.'
 
After a few minutes, the wife asked her

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