Padre Pio

Padre Pio

Original Name Francesco Forgione
Birth
Pietrelcina, Provincia di Benevento, Campania, Italy
Death 23 Sep 1968 (aged 81)
San Giovanni Rotondo, Provincia di Foggia, Puglia, Italy
Burial San Giovanni Rotondo, Provincia di Foggia, Puglia, Italy
Memorial ID 6775677 · View Source
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Religious Leader. The Stigmata Saint, 20th century's most remarkable Capuchin monk - Francesco Forgione was born into a simple farming family. He was a sickly child, a condition that followed him to adulthood. Invested with the habit of a Capuchin monk in 1907 and taking the name Pio of Pietralcina ( a Franciscan order known for vows of poverty) Pio went on to be ordained a priest in 1910. Upon discharge from the Italian army in 1916, due to bad health, he was made director of studies at the seminary in San Giovanni Rotondo where he remained the rest of his life. His fame was launched-and the suspicions of fraud against him began in 1918 when word spread that he had been marked by stigmata-wounds on his hands, feet and side similar to those of Jesus on the cross. He began to receive pilgrims from all over the world transforming San Giovanni Rotondo into a world famous pilgrim center. He lived in a tiny crypt especially constructed for him where a small window allowed him to visit. In 1947 a young priest journeyed from Poland to confess before Padre Pio, who would hear confessions for hours. He was to become Pope John Paul II. Pio died peacefully in his sleep. His funeral was attended by over 100,000. In June, 2002, before 200,000 in attendance, Pope John Paul II elevated Padre Pio to sainthood. San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, a city of 27,000, has replaced Lourdes, France as Europe's premier pilgrimage site with 7.5 million visitors in 2002. Padre Pio souvenirs have become the largest selling keepsake items in Europe. Police in Italy reported finding a Pio medal alongside a handgun in the pocket of Mafia boss Antonino Giuffre when arrested in Sicily.

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  • Originally Created by: Walter
  • Added: 14 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6775677
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Padre Pio (25 May 1887–23 Sep 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6775677, citing Padre Pio Shrine, San Giovanni Rotondo, Provincia di Foggia, Puglia, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .