Padre Pio and the Stigmata

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We journey to San Giovanni Rotondo, a small town in the region of Apulia in southern Italy. The name of the city is forever linked with one of the most popular contemporary saints, Saint Padre Pio. Here, we examine the question of why St. Padre Pio received the stigmata, and its significance for our own spiritual lives.

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Padre Pio, 1887-1968, was an Italian friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic, now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope John Paul II.

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