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Pio is widely regarded by his followers as having possessed extraordinary supernatural powers. Most famously, Pio always wears gloves to cover his stigmata, holes in his hands (along with his feet and side) that constantly ooze blood. Many claim that Pio miraculously heals them of all number of ailments, knows the sins of his confessors before they tell him and survives on four hours of sleep and four hundred calories a day despite being overweight and spry in his old age. Pio is even believed to have "bilocated" or to be seen in two places at once. During World War II, several American and Italian fighter pilots claim to have seen Padre Pio in the sky.

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Pio is widely regarded by his followers as having possessed extraordinary supernatural powers. Most famously, Pio always wears gloves to cover his stigmata, holes in his hands (along with his feet and side) that constantly ooze blood. Many claim that Pio miraculously heals them of all number of ailments, knows the sins of his confessors before they tell him and survives on four hours of sleep and four hundred calories a day despite being overweight and spry in his old age. Pio is even believed to have "bilocated" or to be seen in two places at once. During World War II, several American and Italian fighter pilots claim to have seen Padre Pio in the sky.

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Padre Pio , also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina ( Italian : Pio da Pietrelcina ), O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), was a friar , priest , stigmatist , and mystic , [1] now venerated as a saint of the Catholic church . Born Francesco Forgione , he was given the name of Pius ( Italian : Pio ) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin .

Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope Saint John Paul II . [2]

Pietrelcina was a town where feast days of saints were celebrated throughout the year, and the Forgione family was deeply religious. They attended daily Mass , prayed the Rosary nightly, and abstained from meat three days a week in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . [5] Although Francesco's parents and grandparents were illiterate, they memorized the scriptures and narrated Bible stories to their children. His mother said that Francesco was able to see and speak with Jesus , the Virgin Mary , and his guardian angel , and that as a child he assumed that all people could do so. [ citation needed ]

Edward Pentin over at the National Catholic Register recently shared a fascinating story about the saint of Pietrelcina in which he predicted the demographic consequences of widespread abortion that much of the developed world is currently suffering .

“The day that people lose their horror for abortion,” St. Padre Pio said, “will be the most terrible day for humanity. Abortion is not only a homicide but also a suicide.”

When the person he was speaking to expressed confusion at abortion being “suicide,” the saint explained: “The suicide of the human race will be understood by those who will see the earth populated by the elderly and depopulated of children: burnt as a desert.”

Forbes columnist Steven Salzberg and author-investigator Joe Nickell will each be awarded the 2012 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, to be presented by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry at the CFI Summit in October.

Pio is best known for his stigmata—the supposedly supernaturally received wounds resembling the wounds of Jesus—which he first exhibited in the autumn of 1918 when the trauma of World War I caused many to hope for supernatural intervention. Suddenly, at a Capuchin monastery in southern Italy, an alter Christus (living figure of Christ) was manifest. While praying before the chapel’s crucifix, the newly ordained priest was suddenly, he claimed, inflicted with the stigmata—bleeding so profusely, he alleged, that he feared he would bleed to death.

Nor were the fake stigmata the friar’s only deception. Years before, Pio had written numerous letters to his spiritual directors describing his mystical experiences; however, it is now known that he copied these words verbatim from the writings of stigmatic Gemma Galgani (1878–1903) without acknowledging they were hers. And that is not all: Pio attempted to divert suspicion from his plagiarism by asking for help in procuring copies of Galgani’s books—saying he would very much like to read them!

Pio is widely regarded by his followers as having possessed extraordinary supernatural powers. Most famously, Pio always wears gloves to cover his stigmata, holes in his hands (along with his feet and side) that constantly ooze blood. Many claim that Pio miraculously heals them of all number of ailments, knows the sins of his confessors before they tell him and survives on four hours of sleep and four hundred calories a day despite being overweight and spry in his old age. Pio is even believed to have "bilocated" or to be seen in two places at once. During World War II, several American and Italian fighter pilots claim to have seen Padre Pio in the sky.

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Padre Pio , also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina ( Italian : Pio da Pietrelcina ), O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), was a friar , priest , stigmatist , and mystic , [1] now venerated as a saint of the Catholic church . Born Francesco Forgione , he was given the name of Pius ( Italian : Pio ) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin .

Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope Saint John Paul II . [2]

Pietrelcina was a town where feast days of saints were celebrated throughout the year, and the Forgione family was deeply religious. They attended daily Mass , prayed the Rosary nightly, and abstained from meat three days a week in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . [5] Although Francesco's parents and grandparents were illiterate, they memorized the scriptures and narrated Bible stories to their children. His mother said that Francesco was able to see and speak with Jesus , the Virgin Mary , and his guardian angel , and that as a child he assumed that all people could do so. [ citation needed ]

Edward Pentin over at the National Catholic Register recently shared a fascinating story about the saint of Pietrelcina in which he predicted the demographic consequences of widespread abortion that much of the developed world is currently suffering .

“The day that people lose their horror for abortion,” St. Padre Pio said, “will be the most terrible day for humanity. Abortion is not only a homicide but also a suicide.”

When the person he was speaking to expressed confusion at abortion being “suicide,” the saint explained: “The suicide of the human race will be understood by those who will see the earth populated by the elderly and depopulated of children: burnt as a desert.”

Pio is widely regarded by his followers as having possessed extraordinary supernatural powers. Most famously, Pio always wears gloves to cover his stigmata, holes in his hands (along with his feet and side) that constantly ooze blood. Many claim that Pio miraculously heals them of all number of ailments, knows the sins of his confessors before they tell him and survives on four hours of sleep and four hundred calories a day despite being overweight and spry in his old age. Pio is even believed to have "bilocated" or to be seen in two places at once. During World War II, several American and Italian fighter pilots claim to have seen Padre Pio in the sky.

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Padre Pio , also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina ( Italian : Pio da Pietrelcina ), O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), was a friar , priest , stigmatist , and mystic , [1] now venerated as a saint of the Catholic church . Born Francesco Forgione , he was given the name of Pius ( Italian : Pio ) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin .

Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope Saint John Paul II . [2]

Pietrelcina was a town where feast days of saints were celebrated throughout the year, and the Forgione family was deeply religious. They attended daily Mass , prayed the Rosary nightly, and abstained from meat three days a week in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . [5] Although Francesco's parents and grandparents were illiterate, they memorized the scriptures and narrated Bible stories to their children. His mother said that Francesco was able to see and speak with Jesus , the Virgin Mary , and his guardian angel , and that as a child he assumed that all people could do so. [ citation needed ]



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