This site is dedicated to the life and work of Padre Pio.
Bilocation can be defined as the
simultaneous presence of a person in two different places. Numerous
witnesses connected to the Christian religious tradition have reported
events of bilocation, which have been attributed to many Saints. Padre Pio
had this charisma and had been seen by eyewitnesses in different places at
the same time. Here are several testimonials.
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Maria, one of Padre Pio’s spiritual daughters, said that one evening
her brother was praying when suddenly he fell asleep. He was
immediately awoken by a slap on his right check. He realised that
the hand which hit him was covered with a half glove. He suddenly
thought of Padre Pio. The next day he asked Padre Pio if he had
slapped him. Padre Pio answered; “this is the way to cast away
sleeping while praying?” With a slap Padre Pio had “awakened” the
attention of the praying man.
a former Italian Army Officer entered the sacristy and watching
Padre Pio said; “Yes, here he is! I am not wrong!” He approached
Padre Pio, and kneeling in front of him crying, he said; “Padre,
thank you for saving me from death.” Afterwards, the man told the
people present there, “I was a Captain of the Infantry and one day
on the battlefield in a terrible hour of battle, not far from me I
saw a friar who said; ‘Sir, go away from that place!’ I went towards
him and as soon as I moved, a grenade burst in the place where I was
before and opened a chasm. I turned around in order to find the
friar, but he was not there anymore.” Padre Pio, who was bilocating,
had saved his life.
Alberto, who met Padre Pio in 1917, stated “I saw Padre Pio standing
in front of the window, looking at the mountain. He was speaking to
himself. I approached him in order to kiss his hand, but he did not
notice my presence and I noticed that his hand was rigid. At that
time, I heard that he was clearly giving absolution and pardon to
someone. After a while, Padre Pio shook like awakening from a nap.
He looked at me and said; ‘you are here. I did not realize it!’
After some days, a telegram from Turin was delivered. Someone was
thanking the superior of the convent for having sent Padre Pio to
Turin to assist a dying person. I realized that the man was dying in
the same moment Padre Pio was blessing him in San Giovanni Rotondo.
Obviously, the superior of the convent had not sent Padre Pio to
Turin, but he had bilocated there.”
an American family went from Philadelphia to Saint Giovanni Rotondo
in order to thank Padre Pio. In fact, their son, a bombardier plane
pilot (during World War II), had been saved by Padre Pio in the sky
over the Pacific Ocean. The son explained; “the airplane was flying
near the airport on the island where it was going to land after it
had loaded its bombs. However, the airplane was struck by a Japanese
attack plane. The aircraft exploded before the rest of the crew had
the chance to parachute. Only I succeeded in going out of the
airplane. I don’t know how I did it. I tried to open the parachute,
but I didn’t succeed. I would have smashed to the ground if I had
not received a friar’s help who had appeared in midair. He had a
white beard. He took me in his arms and put me sweetly at the
entrance of the base. You can imagine the astonishment inspired by
my story. Nobody could believe it, but given my presence there, they
had no choice. I recognized the friar who saved my life some days
later while on home leave, I saw the monk in one of my mother’s
pictures. She told me she had asked Padre Pio to look after me.”
was at her daughter’s home in Bologna. She had a tumor in her arm.
So she agreed with her daughter to go for surgery. The surgeon told
her to be patient and to wait some days before establishing a date
for the surgery. In the meanwhile, her son-in-law sent a telegram to
Padre Pio asking him to pray for his mother-in-law. At the moment
when the telegram reached Padre Pio, the woman, who was in the
dinning room alone, saw a capuchin friar enter through the door. “I
am Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,”he said. Then, after asking her what
the doctor had said and encouraging her to trust in Our Blessed
Mother, he made the sign of the Cross on her arm and went out of the
room. At that point, the woman called for the maid, her daughter and
son-in-law. She asked them why they allowed Padre Pio to enter
without announcing him. They responded that they had not seen Padre
Pio and furthermore, they had not opened the door to anyone. The
next day, the surgeon did a medical check-up on the woman in
preparation for surgery; however, he could not find any tumor.
Pio visited the Bishop who had ordained him on the 10 August 1910 in
the Cathedral of Benevento. It happened before the Bishop’s death.
Padre Pio bilocated there in order to give the Bishop his spiritual
Blessed don Orione spoke about padre Pio’s bilocation. He said: “I
was in Saint Peter’s Church in Rome in order to attend the
celebration of Saint Teresa’s beatification. There also was Father
Pio, despite the fact that he was in his convent at the same time. I
saw him. He was smiling and coming towards me through the crowd, but
when I was not far from him, he disappeared.
Father Pio celebrated Holy Mass for a convent of nuns in
Czechoslovakia. After Mass, the nuns went to the sacristy to offer
Father Pio coffee in order to thank him for his unexpected visit,
but they did not find the holy man in the sacristy. Thus the nuns
realised that Father Pio had bilocated there.
Padre Pio served Holy Mass for Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary
in his Budapest prison. Someone who had news of the imprisonment had
asked Father Pio directly: “Father Pio you have served the Mass to
the Cardinal of Hungary, so you have spoken to him! So you have been
in jail with him and you have seen him!” - Father Pio answered: “Of
course, if I had spoken to him I have also seen him”. He was
Speranza, who founded the order of the Handmaids of the Merciful
Love, said she had seen Padre Pio every day for one year in Rome. He
had bilocated there. We know that padre Pio had never been to Rome,
except once in 1917, in order to take his sister to a convent she
had decided to enter..
Italian General of the Army, called Cadorna, felt in such condition
of depression after the defeat of Caporetto, that he was
contemplating suicide. One evening he went to his room and he
commanded his orderly not to allow anybody to come in. He took his
gun from a drawer and pointed the gun at his head, but suddenly he
heard a voice: “Oh General, why do you want to do such stupid
thing?” The voice and the presence of the Friar helped the general
change his mind. He wondered how it was possible that a Friar had
entered his room. He asked for explanations from his orderly but he
answered he had seen nobody going into his room. Some years later,
the General read in a newspaper of a Friar that worked miracles in
the Gargano area. He secretly went there but he was astonished when
father Pio said to him: “Hello General, you ran a great risk that
evening, didn’t you?”
Agostino wrote: “A Nun, in Florence, told me after the communion
Padre Pio had appeared to her to comfort her and to bless her. So I
wanted to ask to Padre Pio.
him: "Do you do some trips to Florence from time to time? " "A nun
has told this to me."
do, Father" He humbly said me.
It was clear
Pio had gone
to Florence in bilocation
bilocation of Padre Pio occurred the afternoon before the day of his
death. Padre Pio has gone to greet in Genova (Italy) the brother
Umile who was wounded.
16.30, in September 22nd , in 1968 Sister Ludovica goes
to father Umile to bring him a cup of tea. The religious feels a
strong perfume of flowers that floods the whole environment. Since
she doesn't know the origin of the perfume she looks at the monk for
Umile with naturalness and spontaneity says: "Padre Pio has come to
greet me and he has given to me his last goodbye."
following day the news of the death of Padre Pio spreads around the
Placido Bux of Saint Marco in Lamis said:
1957, I was brought to the Hospital of San Severo for a serious
hepatic problem. During the night I could see Padre Pio near my bed.
He spoke to me and he reassured me about my healing. Then Padre Pio
desappeared throught the window by putting his hand on the glass of
the window. The morning after Padre Placido felt better and he woke
up and he went to the window. He recognized the print of Padre Pio's
hand on the glass so he realized it was not a dream. This news was
spread within the Hospital in few time and also in the town.
A lot of
people went into the room in order to check the window by themselves
and despite the glass had been cleaned with water a lot of time, the
print was still there.
priest of the Church of San Severo, Padre Alberto, decided to go
first to the Hospital in order to pay a visit to Padre Placito and
then to Saint Giovanni Rotondo to meet with Padre Pio.
as Padre Alberto was in the corridor of the Convent he saw Padre Pio
in front of him and before Padre Alberto could say anything Padre
Pio asked for news about Padre Placido's health condition.
Padre Alberto said: "Father, everyone believes you have been in
hospital last night to pay a visit to Padre Placido and you have
left the print of your hand on the glass of the window..."
Pio said: "Do you have any doubt?"