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Padre Pio - The True Story

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Padre Pio: The True Story
C. Bernard Ruffin

 

This is by far the best life of Padre Pio in print. It tells the amazing story of the obscure Italian priest who became famous all over the world, both for his stigmata and for his miracles and supernatural insights.

 


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0-87973-673-9
9780879736736
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9"  (22.8 cm) x 6"  (15.2 cm) x 1"  (2.54 cm)
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This item received 4 stars overall. An informative and uplifting biography that would satisfy even the most hardened sceptic.

Anyone who wants to learn about this beloved saint needs to read Padre Pio.  It is full of anecdotes and biographical data about St. Padre Pio, telling his life story in great detail.  Not only that, but it also gives the historical context of St. Padre Pio.  Too many times a book about a saint details his or her life in a seeming vacuum.   The saint's opposition seems to come from nowhere and without reason.
 
In this revised and expanded edition of an earlier volume, the author, C. Bernard Ruffin, talks about the historical events surrounding St. Padre Pio, as well as the backgrounds of everyone who had a role in his life.  He also details the history and appearance of the places where Padre Pio lived.  The book goes on to detail the saint's canonization process, as well as gives 16 pages of pictures.  It contains a bibliography and Full Review...

   

St. Padre Pio

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/23


 Francesco Forgione
 Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
 Pio of Pietrelcina
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23 September
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Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. Suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. Ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.

While praying before a cross, he received the stigmata on 20 September 1918, the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. Reportedly able to bilocate, levitate, and heal by touch. Founded the House for the Relief of Suffering in 1956, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. In the 1920's he started a series of prayer groups that continue today with over 400,000 members worldwide.

His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo founded by Padre Pio. On the night of 20 June 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy´s internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo´s mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio´s monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don´t worry, you will soon be cured." The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.
Born
25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina, Benevento, Italy as Francesco Forgione
Died
23 September 1968 of natural causes



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