. Will Jesus, who is so good, grant me this grace? He was obviously impressed by the fragrance of the stigmata.  The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) also contributed funding - 250 million Italian lire. 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They designated the most depressing day of the year, identified as January 22, as Don't Worry Be Happy Day, in honor of Padre Pio's famous advice: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”, Padre Pio has become one of the world's most popular saints. An early biographer of Pio, Emanuele Brunatto, also mediated between Pio and the leaders of the growing Italian fascist movement.  Those close to him attest that he began to manifest several spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, bilocation, levitation, prophecy, miracles, extraordinary abstinence from both sleep and nourishment (one account states that Padre Agostino recorded one instance in which Padre Pio was able to subsist for at least 20 days at Verafeno on only communion wafers without any other nourishment), the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues, the gift of conversions, and pleasant-smelling wounds. On 21 September 1968, the day after the 50th anniversary of his receiving the stigmata, Padre Pio felt great fatigue. At that time, Padre Pio was a teacher at the seminary and a spiritual director. Dear Father, I am dying of pain because of the wounds and the resulting embarrassment I feel deep in my soul. Pope John Paul II beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. He directed Christians to recognize God in all things and to desire above all things to do the will of God. He wrote that he did not wish the pain to be removed, only the visible wounds, since he considered them to be an indescribable and almost unbearable humiliation. During WW II, soldiers from Europe and as far away as American made the rugged trek up to the mountainous village, and carried the awesome story home with them of the priest who bore the wounds of Christ. They attended Mass daily, prayed the Rosary nightly, and abstained from meat three days a week in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Pio had attached himself to these wounds. In June 1905, Pio's health worsened to such an extent that his superiors decided to send him to a mountain convent, in the hope that the change of air would do him good.  He worked on the land up to the age of 10, looking after the small flock of sheep the family owned. PADREPIODAPIETRELCINA.COM | Spiritual and Devotional Blog dedicated to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. Das Ereignis, mit dem Padre Pio bekannt wurde, geschah im Jahr 1918: Im Gebet traten bei dem Geistlichen nach eigener Aussage plötzlich Wunden an Händen, Füßen und Brust auf – die fünf Wundmale Jesu.  Luzzatto, suggests that Caradonna established a "praetorian guard" around Pio to protect him from removal by church authorities. Because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was–it is not easy to say it–one who bore the wounds of our Lord.  He later served as an altar boy in this same chapel. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. " In 1934, the friar was again allowed to hear confessions. " On that day, as he was engaged in prayer in the choir loft in the Church of Our Lady of Grace, he received another celestial vision which led to religious ecstasy. Because he had resources at his disposal? He was said to communicate with angels and worked favors and healings before they were requested of him. A 2006 survey by the magazine Famiglia Cristiana found that more Italian Catholics pray to Padre Pio for intercession than to any other figure. From that moment on, I could feel the intensity of his love for Jesus grow as well as his desire to give himself over to God.” At age 12, he received the sacrament of the first communion and then confirmation the following year. On January 22nd, 1904, he took his simple vows, and then transferred to the Convent of Sant’Elia in Pianisi (Campobasso). This time he let Pio show him the wounds. Luzzatto points out that in this letter Father Pio uses unrecognized passages from a book by the stigmatized mystic Gemma Galgani. He remained at San Giovanni Rotondo until his death in 1968, except for a period of military service. In his report, Maccari noted that Pio had inadequate religious education. Overall impression: pitiful.  His parents had two other children who died in infancy.  From 1924 to 1931, the Holy See made statements denying that the events in Pio's life were due to any divine cause. On 6 January 1903, at the age of 15, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars at Morcone. Festa was a physician and examined Pio in 1919 and 1920. Pio's father lived in a little house outside the convent, until his death in 1946. In 1990 Pio was declared a Servant of God, the first step in the process of canonization. On March 20th, 1983, the diocesan procedure was initiated for the canonization of Padre Pio as Servant of God. In the middle of the palms of my hands a red mark appeared, about the size of a penny, accompanied by acute pain in the middle of the red marks.  Though Pio said he would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news had begun to spread. Will he at least free me from the embarrassment caused by these outward signs?  Archbishop D’Ambrosio also confirmed in a communiqué that “the stigmata are not visible.” He said that Pio's hands "looked like they had just undergone a manicure". The hospital was to be given new statutory statutes to sever the responsibilities of the medical and spiritual "healing" capuchins. Because he had resources at his disposal? He was also given honorary permission to preach despite never having taken the exam for the preaching license. Padre Pio reported engaging in physical combat with Satan and his minions, similar to incidents described concerning St. John Vianney, from which he was said to have sustained extensive bruising. Nuns, monks and even lay persons have experienced the stigmata but never a consecrated priest. The first St Padre Pio parish http://www.stpp.church/home.html in the world was established 16 June 2002 in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada. On November 6th, 1915, he was drafted into the military in the Benevento District, and was later transferred to Naples. The brothers of Santa Maria delle Grazie should gradually be relocated, a new abbot should come from outside the region. At around 2:30 a.m., he said, "I see two mothers" (taken to mean his mother and Mary). Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 274. This agony lasted uninterruptedly until the morning of the 7th. When the ecstasy ended, Padre Pio claimed to have received the visible stigmata. I feel in the depths of my soul a wound that is always open and which causes me continual agony. The friars there informed them that they were interested in accepting Francesco into their community, but he needed to be better educated. Throughout Padre Pio’s life, he faced a great deal of suffering and adversity. In the middle of the palms of my hands a red mark appeared, about the size of a penny, accompanied by acute pain in the middle of the red marks. His health being precarious, he was permitted to remain with his family until 1916 while still retaining the Capuchin habit. Despite this, On 27 January 1907, he still made his solemn profession. Francesco Forgione was born to Grazio Mario Forgione (1860–1946) and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio (1859–1929) on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, a town in the province of Benevento, in the Southern Italian region of Campania.  Witnesses say they later saw Esperanza levitating during Mass and engaging in bilocation. , His close friend Padre Agostino wrote in 1915, asking specific questions, such as when he first experienced visions, whether he had been granted the stigmata, and whether he felt the pains of the Passion of Christ, namely the crowning of thorns and the scourging.  He was baptized in the nearby Santa Anna Chapel, which stands upon the walls of a castle. This was his last celebration of the Mass. When the ecstasy ended, Padre Pio claimed to have received the visible stigmata. Im Jahr 2016 wurden die Reliquien von Padre Pio zum „Jahr der Barmherzigkeit“ in die Vatikanstadt Rom überführt und in einem gläsernen Schrein ausgestellt. John XXIII had probably never listened to the tapes himself, but assumed the correctness of this view: "The reason for my spiritual tranquility, and it is a priceless privilige and grace, is that I feel personally pure of this contamination that for forty years has corroded hundreds of thousands of souls made foolish and deranged to an unheard-of degree. Investigations of Padre Pio by medical and church authorities, Amico Bignami, medical examination from 1919, Giorgio Festa, medical examinations 1919 and 1920, Agostino Gemelli, psychiatric examination 1920 and medical examination 1925, Raffaele Rossi, First Apostolic Visitation of 1921, John XXIII, investigations and tape recordings, after 1958, Carlo Maccari, Second Apostolic Visitation of 1960. The heart wound bleeds continually, especially from Thursday evening until Saturday. , On 20 September 1918, while hearing confessions, Pio claimed to have had a reappearance of the physical occurrence of the stigmata. Abbildung mit freundlicher Genehmigung durch Königsfurt Urania. However, in order that Pio might directly supervise the project, Pope Pius XII granted him a dispensation from his vow of poverty in 1957. Der Kapuzinerpater Pio soll die fünf Wundmale des gekreuzigten Christus getragen haben, aus denen das Blut frisch ausströmte. One of his spiritual director was a capuchin monk, Father Agostino Daniele. Due to a shortage of doctors, Padres Paolino and Pio administered the shots, using carbolic acid as a sterilizing agent.”, In the 1999 book, Padre Pio: The Wonder Worker, a segment by Irish priest Malachy Gerard Carroll describes the story of Gemma de Giorgi, a Sicilian girl whose blindness was believed to have been cured during a visit to Padre Pio. , John XXIII was skeptical of Padre Pio. This phenomenon repeated itself almost every week until 1918. Complete illustration of the photograph by. He did not define the frequency of these occurrences but said that he had been suffering from them at least once weekly for some years. September 1968. In April 2010 they were moved to a special golden "Cripta". In 1910, Pio was subsequently ordained a priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento.  Padre Pio told her, "The child must not weep and neither must you for the child sees and you know she sees.". Despite this, On 27 January 1907, he still made his solemn profession. At that time, Padre Pio was a teacher at the seminary and a spiritual director. Pietrelcina was a town where feast days of saints were celebrated throughout the year, and the Forgione family was deeply religious. Some claimed that the wounds were unexplainable and never seem to have become infected. He explained that the acid was for disinfecting syringes for injections. ecstasy, and allegedly levitating above the ground.. PADREPIODAPIETRELCINA.COM Spiritual and Devotional Blog dedicated to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. What could be observed resembled two dot-shaped elevations  with whiter and gentler skin. One of Pio's fellow friars later claimed to have seen him in Especially, there was not any healing of sick people. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 221 f. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 228. The life of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, history and biography Young Padre Pio. "Padre Pio pilgrims flock to see saint's body", "Faithful to be able to venerate exhumed remains of Padre Pio", iht.com, Faithful await display of Catholic mystic's body, "Thousands in Italy flock to see exhumed saint Padre Pio", heraldextra.com, Mystic monk is exhumed second time, "www.theaustralian.news.com.au, Corpse of mystic monk moves the crowd", "Italy makes St. Padre Pio patron of civil defense volunteers".  Despite seeming to heal they would then reappear periodically. Beginning in 1990, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints debated how Padre Pio had lived his life, and in 1997 Pope John Paul II declared him venerable. Pio had attached himself to these wounds. , Saint Pio of Pietrelcina was named the patron saint of civil defence volunteers, after a group of 160 petitioned the Italian Bishops’ conference for this designation. Also under my feet I can feel some pain. I cried out with difficulty and felt I was dying. It was hoped that morticians would be able to restore the face so that it will be recognizable. " Stickler said that Wojtyła believed that the prophecy was fulfilled when he became a cardinal. A psychiatric examination was conducted by the psychiatrist, Franciscan priest Agostino Gemelli in 1920. Am 16. Damals versammelten sich mehr als 200.000 Gläubige auf dem Petersplatz. In general, there is too much mixing of the "sacred" and the "all too human". , A statue of Pio in Messina, Sicily attracted attention in 2002 when it supposedly wept tears of blood. At that time the community numbered seven friars. The project would cost several million pounds, with the money to be raised from the saint's devotees around the world.  Alberto Caserta took X-rays of Pio's hands in 1954 and found no abnormality in the bone structure. Medical professionals were seemingly unable to offer an explanation for the phenomenon..  Many critics (both contemporary and posthumous) accused Pio of faking the stigmata, for example by using carbolic acid to make the wounds. These stigmata remaining visible for his lifetime. Known as a great healer, he was visited by multitudes, whose donations helped build and support a hospital. Religious devotees point to this time that inexplicable phenomena allegedly began to occur. He explained that the acid was for disinfecting syringes for injections. On May 19th, 1947, construction began on a hospital that the Saint of Pietrelcina has greatly desired, called “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” (House of Relief from Suffering). Days passed and between 5 and 7 August, Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ appeared and pierced his side.. Later Pio denied knowing or owning the cited book. The occasion of transverberation coincided with a seven-week-long period of spiritual unrest for Padre Pio. Pio's mother died at the village around the convent in 1928. He was constantly weeping and sighing, saying that God had forsaken him.. [...] I saw before me a mysterious person similar to the one I had seen on the evening of 5 August. Peter Jan Margry, 'Il "marketing" di Padre Pio. Hier finden Sie eine Liste Ihrer zuletzt besuchten Beraterprofile. Pater Pio erlangte im September 1918 weltweit Berühmtheit. The local people threatened to riot, and the Vatican left him where he was. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 273. Padre Pio von Pietrelcina war ein italienischer Priester, der die fünf Wundmale von Jesus Christus getragen haben soll. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 148, Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 149, Urte Krass: Urte Krass: Kontrollierter Gesichtsverlust.  He reported to Agostino that the pain remained and was more acute on specific days and under certain circumstances. " Pio never had his own supporters advised to moderation. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 274. By 1933, the tide began to turn. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 225 ff. Even there his health failed to improve. , As a youth, Francesco reported that he had experienced heavenly visions and ecstasies.  On the following day, they learned that Padre Pio had died. In another journal note, John XXIII wrote that he wanted to take action.  It was in this period that Francesco received the sacrament of Confirmation on 27 September 1899. , When asked about bilocation, Pio often replied with the phrase "not so far as I'm aware".  At 2:30 a.m. he died in his cell in San Giovanni Rotondo. I cannot tell you how much I suffered during this period of anguish. The convent’s order was immediately suspended. It was hoped that morticians would be able to restore the face so that it will be recognizable. Maria De Vito (the cousin of a local pharmacist at Foggia) testified that the young Pio bought four grams of carbolic acid in 1919: "I was an admirer of Padre Pio and I met him for the first time on July 31, 1919...he gave me personally an empty bottle, and asked if I would act as a chauffeur to transport it back from Foggia to San Giovanni Rotondo with four grams of pure carbolic acid. , According to Luzzatto, the bulk of the money for financing the hospital came directly from Brunatto (a keen follower of Pio but who had made his fortune in the black market in German occupied France).  Maccari focused on assessing the fanaticism of Pio's social environment, describing it as "religious conceptions that oscillate between superstition and magic. According to tradition, Bishop Wojtyła wrote to Padre Pio in 1962 to ask him to pray for Wanda Poltawska, a friend in Poland who was suffering from cancer. The local people threatened to riot, and the Vatican left him where he was. .  During the interviews with the witnesses, which Rossi undertook a total of three times, he let himself be shown the stigmata of the then 34-year-old Father Pio. Soon thereafter, a small group of faithful devotees formed around Padre Pio as they sought spiritual direction.  His followers also believe that the devil used diabolical tricks in order to increase Padre Pio's torments. He had in his hand a sort of weapon like a very long sharp-pointed steel blade which seemed to emit fire. After eight days of investigation, he finally completed a benevolent report, which he sent to the Holy Office on October 4, 1921, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Nuns, monks and even lay persons have experienced the stigmata but never a consecrated priest. In sämtlichen Biografien wird von dem Pater Pio Wunder in der Altavilla Irpina Kirche berichtet. Padre Augustine confirmed this when he said: Now, twenty-two days have passed since Jesus allowed the devils to vent their anger on me. In den Armen, Leidenden und Kranken sah er das Bild Christi, besonders ihnen galt sein Werk der Nächstenliebe. Archbishop Domenico Umberto D'Ambrosio, Papal legate to the shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, stated "the top part of the skull is partly skeletal but the chin is perfect and the rest of the body is well preserved". Dem italienischen Geistlichen wird die Gabe der Seelenschau zugeschrieben. Between 1904 and 1909, Padre Pio stayed at several convents to complete his scholastic and religious studies. It is your turn. " On that day, as he was engaged in prayer in the choir loft in the Church of Our Lady of Grace, he received another celestial vision which led to religious ecstasy. ", He compared weekly confession to dusting a room weekly, and recommended the performance of meditation and self-examination twice daily: once in the morning, as preparation to face the day, and once again in the evening, as retrospection. In 1910, Pio was subsequently ordained a priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento. In 1982, the Holy See authorized the archbishop of Manfredonia to open an investigation to determine whether Pio should be canonized. church), Work : Great Achievement 16 June 2002 (Declared a Saint), Traits : Personality : Principled strongly, Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eighth born), Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never), Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal (Priest), Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81), Vocation : Healing Fields : Religious healer, Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Roman Catholic monk), Vocation : Religion : Saint/ Stigmatist (Hands, feet bled for 50 of his 81 years), Notable : Famous : Other Famous (Stigmatist), Notable : Book Collection : American Book. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Erhältlich sind die Litaneien als kleine Gebetsbüchlein. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 139. With his last breath he whispered, "Maria!  Gemelli responded to this criticism in his report and resorted to responding to his knowledge of self-inflicted wounds. On 15 November 1915, he was drafted and on December 6, assigned to the 10th Medical Corps in Naples. John XXIII had probably never listened to the tapes himself, but assumed the correctness of this view: "The reason for my spiritual tranquility, and it is a priceless privilige and grace, is that I feel personally pure of this contamination that for forty years has corroded hundreds of thousands of souls made foolish and deranged to an unheard-of degree. Juni 2002 wurde Padre Pio in den Heiligenstand berufen.  An estimated 300,000 people attended the canonization ceremony in Rome.  A second plan for removal was also changed. One of his other spiritual director, Father Benedetto Nardella, wrote that: “Around age five, he felt the need to give himself over to God. " In 1934, the friar was again allowed to hear confessions. On January 22nd, 1903, he donned the Capuchin habit and took the name of Friar Pio. , It[clarification needed] was announced in 2009 that a renewable energy statue of Padre Pio was to be built on a hill near the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in the south-eastern province of Apulia, Italy, the town where he is commemorated. On August 10th, 1910, he was ordained as a priest in the chapel of the Duomo of Benevento. He came to the conclusion that Francesco Forgione was a man of "restricted field of knowledge, low psychic energy, monotonous ideas, little volition." There, on January 27th, 1907, he took his solemn vows.  Gemma, who was brought to San Giovanni Rotondo in 1947 by her grandmother, was born without pupils. The Church authorities decided that Pio be relocated to another convent in northern Italy. Pope Pius XII, who assumed the papacy in 1939, even encouraged devotees to visit Padre Pio. No fraud could be found; indeed, the bloody bandages remained sweet smelling.  Brunatto later donated his locomotive manufacturing company to Pio, which boosted the purchase of stocks by shareholders. Pio was said to have had the gift of reading souls, the ability to bilocate, among other supernatural phenomena. He was a special, unique case as he was the first priest "marked by God" in two thousand years. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age , p. 274. In general, there is too much mixing of the "sacred" and the "all too human". These included apparitions as an "angel of light" and the alteration or destruction of letters to and from his spiritual directors. , On 4 September 1916, however, Pio was ordered to return to his community life.  It has been suggested that "a clerical-fascist mixture developed around Padre Pio". More and more, Padre Pio preferred to stay by himself and pray. A poor soul, able to repeat a few stereotypical religious phrases, a poor, sick man who has learned his lesson from his master, Father Benedetto.  The reports of supernatural phenomena surrounding Padre Pio attracted fame and legend. Peasants, businessmen, hotelkeepers and even the mayor blocked all the exits from the monastery, armed with hatchets, scythes and rifles, ready to stop any attempt to take their priest away. verkündet haben. During her trip to see Padre Pio, the little girl began to see objects, including a steamboat and the sea. Lucia Ceci: The Vatican and Mussolini's Italy, Brill, 2016, , p. 114. Bordoni quotes B.C. Pope Pius XII, who assumed the papacy in 1939, even encouraged devotees to visit Padre Pio. Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy.  Gemma, who was brought to San Giovanni Rotondo in 1947 by her grandmother, was born without pupils. One day in 1947, a Polish priest, just ordained, came to the monastery to make his confession and heard Pio say, "One day you will be Pope." Er soll auch das 1981 verübte Attentat auf den tatsächlich zum Oberhaupt ernannten Johannes Paul II. He followed his vocation at 16 by joining the Capuchins, the most austere order of Franciscans, and he studied with them for eigh… Juni 2002 wurde Padre Pio in den Heiligenstand berufen. , By 1925 Pio had converted an old convent building into a medical clinic with a few beds intended primarily for people in extreme need. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 68. No one should be allowed to confess to Pio more than once a month. Francesco Forgione was born to Grazio Mario Forgione (1860–1946) and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio (1859–1929) on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, a town in the province of Benevento, in the Southern Italian region of Campania. This sight terrified me and what I felt at that moment is indescribable. Because he had resources at his disposal? He remained at San Giovanni Rotondo until his death in 1968, except for a period of military service.  In 1897, after he had completed three years at the public school, Francesco was said to have been drawn to the life of a friar after listening to a young Capuchin who was in the countryside seeking donations. He was also given honorary permission to preach despite never having taken the exam for the preaching license. At ten he caught typhoid fever. Moreover, Pio's stigmata were remarkably left out of the obligatory investigations for the canonization process, in order to avoid obstacles prohibiting a successful closure.  Nevertheless, from 1921 to 1922 he was prevented from publicly performing his priestly duties, such as hearing confessions and saying Mass. In 1971, three years after his death, Pope Paul VI said to the superiors of the Capuchin Order about Pio: Look what fame he had, what a worldwide following gathered around him! A media offensive by the Capuchins was able to realise a broad acceptation of the contested saint in society. , Many people who heard of him traveled to San Giovanni Rotondo to meet him and confess to him, ask for help, or have their curiosity satisfied. , The remains of Saint Pio were brought to the Vatican for veneration during the 2015–2016 Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Add to cart. Four days later, he offered his first Mass at the parish church of Our Lady of the Angels. They designated the most depressing day of the year, identified as January 22, as Don't Worry Be Happy Day, in honor of Padre Pio's famous advice: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”, Padre Pio has become one of the world's most popular saints. Later, Poltawska's cancer was apparently found to be in spontaneous remission. Sergio Luzzatto (2011): Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, p. 278. A psychiatric examination was conducted by the psychiatrist, Franciscan priest Agostino Gemelli in 1920. "Exhumed body of Italian saint draws thousands".  In 1897, after he had completed three years at the public school, Francesco was said to have been drawn to the life of a friar after listening to a young Capuchin who was in the countryside seeking donations.  Officials extended the display through September, 2009. In June 1905, Pio's health worsened to such an extent that his superiors decided to send him to a mountain convent, in the hope that the change of air would do him good. "Padre Pio pilgrims flock to see saint's body", "Faithful to be able to venerate exhumed remains of Padre Pio", iht.com, Faithful await display of Catholic mystic's body, "Thousands in Italy flock to see exhumed saint Padre Pio", heraldextra.com, Mystic monk is exhumed second time, "www.theaustralian.news.com.au, Corpse of mystic monk moves the crowd", "Italy makes St. Padre Pio patron of civil defense volunteers". Davidson, Linda Kay and David Martin Gitlitz. Austrian Cardinal Alfons Stickler reported that Wojtyła confided to him that during this meeting, Padre Pio told him he would one day ascend to "the highest post in the church though further confirmation is needed. Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Italian: Pio da Pietrelcina), (25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968), was an Italian friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic, now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He moved to an agricultural community, Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, located in the Gargano Mountains in San Giovanni Rotondo in the Province of Foggia.
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