Memorial Day Offer

Discover your mystery discount!

Padre Pio

Biography of Padre Pio: – Francesco Forgione, later known as Padre Pio, was born on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy. – He joined the […]

« Back to Glossary Index

Biography of Padre Pio:
– Francesco Forgione, later known as Padre Pio, was born on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy.
– He joined the Capuchin Order at the age of 15, taking the name Fra Pio in honor of Pope Pius I.
– Pio studied for the priesthood in Assisi and was ordained in 1910 in Benevento.
– He moved to San Giovanni Rotondo in 1916, where he emphasized prayer, meditation, and performed conversions.
– Padre Pio’s family lived with him at the convent, and he provided spiritual guidance during World War I.

Service and Spiritual Gifts:
– Pio served as a teacher and spiritual director at a seminary.
– He was drafted into the 10th Medical Corps during World War I and displayed stigmata in 1918.
– Known for spiritual gifts like healing, prophecy, and the ability to read hearts.
– Pio gained a reputation for his mystical experiences and was venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.
– Reports of supernatural phenomena, including bilocation and celestial visions, were associated with Padre Pio.

Legacy and Canonization:
– Padre Pio was beatified on May 2, 1999, and canonized on June 16, 2002, by Pope John Paul II.
– His relics are displayed at the sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, making San Giovanni Rotondo a major pilgrimage site.
– Pio’s Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital, converted from an old convent, opened in 1956.
– Allegations of fund misappropriation have been made by some detractors regarding the hospital.
– Pio’s death in 1968 marked the end of his earthly life, with his stigmata completely healed before burial.

Supernatural Phenomena and Stigmata:
– Reports of celestial visions, angelic communication, and battles with demons surrounded Padre Pio.
– The Vatican was initially skeptical of Pio’s reported supernatural experiences.
– Pio documented some of his mystical encounters in letters to spiritual directors.
– Followers of Padre Pio also reported witnessing supernatural occurrences.
– Pio’s experience of stigmata, including bodily marks and pain, was a central aspect of his mystical life.

Healthcare Initiatives and Controversies:
– Pio established the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo.
– Construction of the hospital began in 1947 with significant financial contributions.
– He received a dispensation from his vow of poverty to oversee the hospital project.
– Allegations of fund misappropriation have been raised by some critics.
– The hospital aimed to provide medical care in line with Padre Pio’s dedication to serving the suffering.

Padre Pio (Wikipedia)

Pio of Pietrelcina (born Francesco Forgione; 25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968), widely known as Padre Pio (Italian for 'Father Pius'), was an Italian Capuchin friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, celebrated on 23 September.


Pio of Pietrelcina

Official portrait photograph of Padre Pio, c. 1947
BornFrancesco Forgione
(1887-05-25)25 May 1887
Pietrelcina, Benevento, Kingdom of Italy
Died23 September 1968(1968-09-23) (aged 81)
San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy
Resting placeSanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified2 May 1999, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
Canonized16 June 2002, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine
Feast23 September
AttributesStigmata, Franciscan habit, sacerdotal vestments
PatronageCivil defense volunteers, Adolescents, Pietrelcina, Stress relief, January blues

Pio joined the Capuchins at fifteen and spent most of his religious life in the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo. He was marked by stigmata in 1918, leading to several investigations by the Holy See. Despite temporary sanctions imposed by the Vatican, his reputation kept increasing during his life, attracting many followers to San Giovanni Rotondo. He was the founder of the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, a hospital built near the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo.[citation needed]

After his death, his devotion continued to spread among believers all over the world. He was beatified on 2 May 1999 and canonized on 16 June 2002 by Pope John Paul II. His relics are exposed in the sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, next to the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo, now a major pilgrimage site.

« Back to Glossary Index
This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.