St. Padre Pio

Dates: 1887-1968
Feast: Sept. 23
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Pio of Pietrelcina was an Italian Capuchin priest known affectionately as “Padre Pio.” God gave him several extraordinary graces and favors. He received the stigmata (the wounds of Christ), could read souls, bi-locate, and work many miracles. Not everyone believed that Padre Pio’s abilities came from God. There were several rumors and false accusations. For a time, his superiors forbade him from doing the two most important tasks of a priest: saying public Mass and hearing confessions. He obeyed without complaint and did all that was asked of him. Soon his superiors recognized the falseness of the accusations and restored his faculties as a priest.