Padre Pio the Stigmatist

  • Author: Fr. Charles Carty
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Pages: 310 pages
  • Product Description: Padre Pio died September 23, 1968, his funeral attended by over 100,000 people. During the fifty-eight years he was a priest, his monastery as San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, became a mecca for pilgrims from all over the world. Born Francesco Forigone on May 25, 1887 at Pietrelcino in southeastern Italy, Padre Pio joined the Capuchin Order on 1903 and was ordained in 1910. On September 20, 1918 he received the sacred wounds of Christ, which he bore the rest of his life. Renowned for the Stigmata, which modern medical science could not explain, Padre Pio also possessed other unusual qualities, such as bilocation, celestial perfume, the reading of hearts, miraculous cures, remarkable conversions, and prophetic insight. Although he did not leave his monastery and was under obedience not to write or preach, this humble Capuchin monk became world famous for his piety, his counsel, and his miracles, and has been universally regarded a saint in his own time.

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