Padre Pio as a young priest - Italy - Roman Catholic Church
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Padre Pio - friar, priest, stigmatist,
and mystic - Roman Catholic
Church - Italy
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio
of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), was a friar,
priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now
venerated as a saint in the Roman
Catholic Church. Born Francesco
Forgione, he was given the name
of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined
the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
Pio died in 1968 at the age of 81.
Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting
stigmata for most of his life, thereby
generating much interest and controversy.
He stated that by the time he was five
years old, he had already made the
decision to dedicate his entire life to
God. He worked on the land up to
the age of 10, looking after the small
flock of sheep the family owned.
As a youth, Francesco reported that
he had experienced heavenly visions
He was asked to be a recluse for 12
years by the church - due to the the
He was both beatified (1999) and
canonized (2002) by
Pope John Paul II.
The Sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
is located in San Giovanni Rotondo,
Province of Foggia, Italy.
The Pope visits Padre Pio tomb and
summary of Pio's teachings:
Video - Rome Reports in English: