St. Padre Pio
Padre Pio was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Padre Pio became famous for bearing the stigmata for most of his life, which generated much interest and controversy around him.
10 Facts about St. Padre Pio
1. His name was Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
2. Padre Pio was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood.
3. Padre Pio became a Capuchin novice at the age of sixteen and received the habit in 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1910 after seven years of study and became known as Padre Pio.
4. As an adult, Padre Pio commented that in his younger years he had conversed with Jesus, the Madonna, his guardian angel, and had suffered attacks by the devil.
5. On September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was kneeling in front of a large crucifix when he received the visible marks of the crucifixion, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of Church.
6. With resignation and serenity, he bore the painful wounds in his hands, feet, and side for fifty years.
7. Upon his death in 1968, the wounds were no longer visible. In fact, there was no scaring and the skin was completely renewed. He had predicted 50 years prior that upon his death the wounds would heal.
8. Padre Pio heard confessions for ten or twelve hours per day. He used the confessional to bring both sinners and devout souls closer to God.
9. God gave Padre Pio many extraordinary spiritual gifts and charisms including the gift of healing, bilocation, prophecy, miracles, discernment of spirits, the ability to abstain beyond man’s natural powers from both sleep and nourishment, the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues (the ability to speak and understand languages that he had never studied), the gift of conversions, the grace to see angelic beings in form, and the fragrance which emanated from his wounds and which frequently announced his invisible presence.
10. He died on September 23, 1968 at the age of eighty-one. His funeral was attended by about 100,000 people.
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