St Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina

One hundred (100) years ago today Padre Pio was ordained a priest. Actually he was ordained a friar and was known as Fra Pio.

He was a Capuchin priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He was born Francesco Forgione, and given the name Pio when he joined the Capuchins; he was popularly known as Padre Pio after his ordination to the priesthood. He became famous for his stigmata. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

He is my patron saint.

Padre Pio is mostly known for his stigmata yet he is recognized for his confessionals. He knew your sins before you stated them. A priest duties include the altar, the pulpit and confession. It is the last of these that had helped make Padre Pio a sought after man of faith. People flocked from miles away to her him say mass and hear him say confession.

Strange as many of you who read this may not truely understand what a wonderful but overlooked and misunderstood the sacrement of reconcilation.

The stigmata is marks on your body that, and in locations, that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. St Padre Pio really was chosen to perseve, protect and promote the Word of God.

RichieRich78 RichieRich78
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5 Responses Aug 10, 2010

@ gjoseph .. Me too -<br />
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@ coachgirl ... Yes indeed ...<br />
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@ Prilica .. He is still amazing .. His gifts are plentiful -

I LOVE padre pio!!

I've always been drawn to St Francis of Assisi but I've read much about Padre Pio over the years. He was certainly one of the more unique and inspiring figures of the modern era.

@ catwhiskers ... There is so much history within the Faith and it provides us venues of education to enrich our belief.

This was a very interesting story you wrote.<br />
Thank you!<br />
I am a catholic and I went to Catholic school most of my life.<br />
There is much history and information about the Catholic faith, I find this fascinating.<br />
(Did you know when I was 6 I thought I wanted to be a nun?) <br />
Oui, this is true. Sister Mary Margaret was most proud of moi.<br />
AMEN! Purrrrrrr.....