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Thousands flock to exhumed body of saint Padre Pio (Catholic Caucus)
Reuters ^ | April 25, 2008 | Philip Pullella

Posted on 04/25/2008 6:50:15 AM PDT by NYer

The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, attracted thousands of pilgrims on Thursday when it went on display 40 years after his death.

Padre Pio is one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints and during his lifetime the Italian monk was said to have had the stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Jesus' crucifixion on his hands and feet.

The economy of this southern town revolves around the cult of Padre Pio and heaving crowds waited to see his body, displayed in a crystal, marble and silver sepulcher in the crypt of the monastery where he spent most of his life.

His face was reconstructed with a lifelike silicone mask of the type used in wax museums because it was apparently too decomposed to show when the body was exhumed.

"He seems like he is sleeping. Even if they had to re-do the face, its better remembering him this way than looking at a slab of cold marble," said Domenico Masone, deputy mayor of Pietralcina, the town where Padre Pio was born.

Some 15,000 devotees attended a Mass said by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican department that oversees the Catholic Church's saint-making process, before the body went on display in the afternoon.

"He knows what I want from him," said Antonio Zimbaldi, 19, who attended Mass with his face, except for his lips, covered with white gauze.

"I have been devoted to him for as long as I can remember." Zimbaldi's entire body was burned in a fire caused by a gas explosion two years ago.

The body of the bearded Capuchin monk was exhumed from a crypt on March 3 and found to be in "fair condition" after 40 years. Since then a team of medical examiners and biochemists has worked to preserve and reconstruct the corpse.

In the sepulcher, he was dressed in a brown Capuchin habit and wore fingerless gloves he used to absorb blood from wounds on his hands. The mask was made by a London company which makes lifelike sculpted figures for museums.

ASKING FOR A MIRACLE

A poll in 2006 by Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana found that more Italian Catholics prayed to Padre Pio than to any other figure, including the Virgin Mary or Jesus. His picture is stuck to the dashboards of many taxis and cars throughout Italy.

Eighty-year-old Assunta Antico attended the Mass sitting in a wheelchair and was covered with a shawl in the same deep brown that Padre Pio wore. "I had a stroke two years ago. I'm paralyzed and I want to walk again."

This town is home to a large hospital founded by the monk and many hotels and restaurants cater to the pilgrim trade.

As of Friday, the first of 750,000 people who have made reservations to see the body between now and December will file past the glass coffin at a rate of about 7,200 a day.

There are about 3,000 "Padre Pio Prayer Groups" in the world, with a membership of 3 million. Pope John Paul made him a saint in 2002 before one of the biggest Vatican crowds.

Among the stories that surround the monk, who died at the age of 81, is one that he wrestled with the devil one night in his monastery cell and emerged bloodied and bruised.

However, he was dogged by accusations of fraud. A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds. Church officials have denied he was a fake.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer
KEYWORDS: italy; padrepio; saint

1 posted on 04/25/2008 6:50:18 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...


An elderly woman who says she was cured of a fatal disease by Padre Pio walks in front of his Capucchin monastery at the San Giovanni Rotondo village in southern Italy April 23, 2008. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

2 posted on 04/25/2008 6:53:53 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: NYer


This photo looks like it could have been taken 1500 years ago (minus the electric lights, of course). Beautiful.
3 posted on 04/25/2008 7:01:26 AM PDT by Antoninus (Just a typical white guy.)
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To: NYer

In the unlikely event of my canonization, I think I might prefer to remain entombed. Is there some sort of advanced directive?


4 posted on 04/25/2008 7:17:18 AM PDT by YCTHouston
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To: NYer
Once again Reuters displays it's utter lack of understanding of the Catholic faith.

...cult of Padre Pio...

Just because a group of people show respect and love for a saint that does not put them in a cult.

...the Catholic Church's saint-making process,...

Wrong again. A person becomes a saint through the grace of God, their faith and their love and devotion of the Lord. The Church simply recognizes their sainthood.

5 posted on 04/25/2008 7:28:07 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: Antoninus; All

A silicon hand-painted bearded mask of the face of Padre Pio, an Italian saint, is seen on his body laying in repose inside a crystal casket in the crypt of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Thursday, April 24, 2008. The body of Padre Pio, a hugely popular Italian saint, was put on public display Thursday, and thousands of people gathered to pray to the mystic monk who many Catholic faithful believe suffered wounds similar to those of Jesus' crucifixion.

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Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.

With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition). Amen.

Glory be to the Father... (three times).

~~~~

Prayer of Pope John Paul II to St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Pope John Paul II recited this prayer
on the occasion of the canonization of Padre Pio, June 16, 2002

Teach us, we pray, humility of heart,
so that we may be counted
among the little ones of the Gospel
to whom the Father promised to reveal
the mysteries of His Kingdom.
Help us to pray without ceasing,
certain that God knows what we need
even before we ask Him.

Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize
in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus.
Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall,
let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness.
Grant us your tender devotion to Mary,
mother of Jesus and our Mother.

Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage
toward the blessed Homeland,
where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever
the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen

Pope John Paul II visited Padre Pio's grave on May 27, 1987

Padre Pio Was Proclaimed Blessed on May 2, 1999. He was proclaimed a saint on June 16, 2002. The ceremonies were presided by the pope John Paul II, in Saint Peter's square. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were present.

~~~

Pray for us, St. Pio of Pietrelcina.

6 posted on 04/25/2008 7:47:30 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: YCTHouston
In the unlikely event of my canonization, I think I might prefer to remain entombed. Is there some sort of advanced directive?

Now that you have made a formal statement here on FR, I'll try to remember it when your name is submitted to the Cause for canonization. I promise.

7 posted on 04/25/2008 7:49:05 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: Soliton

Sorry, didn’t see that caucus thing


9 posted on 04/25/2008 8:00:19 AM PDT by Soliton (McCain couldn't even win a McCain look-alike contest)
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To: NYer
“The economy of this southern town revolves around the cult of Padre Pio....”

CULT????!!!!! CULT?????!!!!!

You want CULT, - look to MOHAMMAD you atheist s.o.b.s at Rueters.

“However, he was dogged by accusations of fraud. A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds. Church officials have denied he was a fake.”

Probably brought to you by the same people who said Christ arranged his own crucifixion (The same people who were telling us a few generations ago he never even existed).

10 posted on 04/25/2008 8:05:14 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: STARWISE; All
Beautiful!!! Thank you for posting those photos.

For the benefit of visitors to this thread, here is some of the history of Padre Pio.


"In order to attract us, the Lord grants us many graces that we believe can easily obtain Heaven for us. We do not know, however, that in order to grow, we need hard bread: the cross, humiliation, trials and denials." Padre Pio


Some Prayers and Meditations by Padre Pio


11 posted on 04/25/2008 8:07:46 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: NYer

Nice post!

Great pics!


12 posted on 04/25/2008 8:10:48 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: YCTHouston; NYer; All

I must admit I’m a bit perplexed by this situation. As a Catholic on a Caucus thread I feel it’s alright to raise this slight concern. Wasn’t there a report of a relative of St. Pio that expressed a desire to leave his remains undisturbed? I am loathe to question the Church’s decision on anything, but was this relative’s concerns addressed when this decision was made? I would hope that someone at least talked to him/her before this was done. IOW, in the case of Saints who have passed on centuries ago, and have no living relatives anymore, the public display of such remains wouldn’t be an issue, but if, say, a relative of mine was canonized, and the Church wanted to put his/her remains on display, I would hope that someone would consult me first, at least.

Does anyone know anything about this case? Were there such concerns raised by a “relative”? If so, was this person consulted and/or reassured in some way?


13 posted on 04/25/2008 8:23:29 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven; YCTHouston
Wasn’t there a report of a relative of St. Pio that expressed a desire to leave his remains undisturbed?

Yes relatives were opposed but the exhumation was approved by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Padre Pio relatives protest saint’s exhumation

14 posted on 04/25/2008 8:33:44 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: NYer

Thanks for the link. I hope and pray, with all due respect to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, his niece has some peace.


15 posted on 04/25/2008 8:48:19 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NYer
Thanks for posting. I saw this on Italian news the other night...people have been lining up for days.

Video from San Giovanni Rotondo:

Padre Pio, fedeli per vedere la salma


Photos of the Faithful:

Migliaia di fedeli a San Giovanni Rotondo

Le facce dei fedeli

16 posted on 04/25/2008 9:08:39 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: NYer

Cult is not a bad word.

1566 “It is in the Eucharistic cult or in the Eucharistic assembly of the faithful (synaxis) that they exercise in a supreme degree their sacred office; there, acting in the person of Christ and proclaiming his mystery, they unite the votive offerings of the faithful to the sacrifice of Christ their head, and in the sacrifice of the Mass they make present again and apply, until the coming of the Lord, the unique sacrifice of the New Testament, that namely of Christ offering himself once for all a spotless victim to the Father.” From this unique sacrifice their whole priestly ministry draws its strength.

1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”

cult - noun
1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
3. the object of such devotion.
4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
5. Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.


17 posted on 04/25/2008 9:18:10 AM PDT by Notwithstanding ("You are either with America in our time of need or you are not" - W? No, 'twas Sen. Hillary 9/12/01)
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To: Notwithstanding; ladtx; ZULU
Cult is not a bad word.

Ping to Notwithstanding's post and explanation above.

18 posted on 04/25/2008 9:27:58 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: Miss Didi; <1/1,000,000th%; FourtySeven; Notwithstanding; All
Grazie, Miss Didi for the links to the Italian news coverage. Gorgeous images at Repubblicana Italiana. Here are some additional ones.


A woman kneels in prayer as she ascends the steps of Padre Pio Sanctuary at the San Giovanni Rotondo village in southern Italy April 24, 2008. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)


Pilgrims wait in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie to visit the crypt where the exhumed body of the mystic saint Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre 40 years after his death, in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy April 24, 2008


Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints waves to pilgrims as he arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Padre Pio Sanctuary, in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, Thursday, April 24, 2008.

19 posted on 04/25/2008 9:36:57 AM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: ZULU
A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds.

All that book proved was that he likely tried to treat the wounds and used this common antiseptic, whilr trying to not advertise his condition. The Church requires that stigmatists treat the wounds and not display them until a supernatural cause becomes evident. Padre Pio did what the Church requires.

20 posted on 04/25/2008 10:25:39 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: ZULU

his body displays no signs of the stigmata anymore (at least according to reports I have heard).

if he personally wounded himself for 50 years, there would undoubtedly be marks on his body. apparently he does not have any scarring (50 years of self-mutilation would be visible on the corpse) so I doubt that he seared his hands with acid.


21 posted on 04/25/2008 11:40:53 AM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

My pleasure .. ;)


22 posted on 04/25/2008 11:45:09 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: NYer

You are so gracious.

FR Catholic Caucus is better than RCIA in some ways - here, we are consistently edified by the immediate input of our brethren.


23 posted on 04/25/2008 12:12:30 PM PDT by Notwithstanding ("You are either with America in our time of need or you are not" - W? No, 'twas Sen. Hillary 9/12/01)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Go back, re-read my post and think about what I said.

You are preaching to the choir.


24 posted on 04/25/2008 12:14:11 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU
You want CULT, - look to MOHAMMAD you atheist s.o.b.s at Rueters.

Actually, within the Catholic Church, the word "cult" refers to those Catholics who have a devotion to a particular saint, Mary, the angels etc. It's not the best word to use when addressing a non-Catholic audience, for obvious reasons.

25 posted on 04/25/2008 12:18:33 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Aquinasfan

It doesn’t matter-—the SBC freepers already think Catholics are cult members. and they never tire of saying it.


26 posted on 04/25/2008 12:47:13 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: annalex

I think the Vatican concluded that the antiseptics were used to clean needles during the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu epidemic


27 posted on 04/25/2008 12:48:51 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: ZULU

I am sorry if it sounded like I was calling you out.


28 posted on 04/25/2008 12:49:27 PM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: NYer
Padre Pio celebrating Mass at San Giovanni Rotondo.


29 posted on 04/25/2008 1:29:08 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Notwithstanding
Padre Pio among the people.


30 posted on 04/25/2008 2:21:35 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: NYer
However, he was dogged by accusations of fraud. A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds. Church officials have denied he was a fake.

When my life is over, I will not miss "the accuser of the Bretheren." And on the off chance they perish before I do, I will dance in the streets.

31 posted on 04/25/2008 3:27:42 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (media is now a double-edged sword; it's no longer a billy-club in the hands of the big goons.)
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To: Notwithstanding
Thank you!

FR Catholic Caucus is better than RCIA in some ways - here, we are consistently edified by the immediate input of our brethren.

If anyone is gracious, it is you. At some point in time several years ago, it occured to me that many Catholics are ignorant about their faith, not that I am a theologian. However, in addressing attacks on our Church, I learned more about the Catholic faith and began to accrue an extensive list of bookmarked links to defend it. I now find myself 'educating' parishioners, visitors to our parish and the children. Perhaps that is why the pastor asked me to take charge of the RelEd program. Though small in number, it is a daunting task to select the proper materials and ensure these children are properly formed. In the process, I often find myself educating their parents at coffee socials. Sadly, most parents today entrust all religious education to the parish. Catholic education begins in the home. There is no way we can shoulder the burden of responsibility for raising children in the Catholic faith with only 15 days of classes per year. This needs to be bolstered at home in the family.

But thank you for the kind sentiments. They are most appreciated.

32 posted on 04/25/2008 4:29:43 PM PDT by NYer (Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God. - St. Athanasius)
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To: NYer

Thanks; you’re a good friend. Just remember to bundle up because it will probably be a cold day :)


33 posted on 04/25/2008 6:52:36 PM PDT by YCTHouston
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To: FourtySeven

Perhaps that’s what struck me as odd, that his life was relatively recent. Not a principled dispute; I’m just the kind of person who can’t stand medical shows or visits to the hospital and prefer to think of our departed in spirit.


34 posted on 04/25/2008 6:59:35 PM PDT by YCTHouston
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To: NYer; Notwithstanding

I can’t complain about the Catholic education I received growing up (and will always be indebted to a couple Dominicans and Basilians), but did my best in college to forget everything I knew about anything. Later on, a work situation put me in the company of several recent converts - they really know their stuff, and the education renewed. I now find myself mostly in the company of protestants or secularists, and FR caucus threads are a saving grace some days(I read far more than I post).


35 posted on 04/25/2008 7:10:08 PM PDT by YCTHouston
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To: STARWISE
I made this novena to St. Padre Pio every single day after I was dignosed with cancer. I felt no fear and kept the faith that according to his word, he would pray to intercede on my behalf.

Thank you, Saint Pio for your blessed intervention.

""Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God." These are the words of Padre Pio (now known as Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina) and they adequately encapsulate his approach to faith as well as his overall spiritual practice".

sw

36 posted on 04/25/2008 7:13:39 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: NYer

Thanks NYer,beautiful thread.Padre Pio pray for us.
Litany of the Saints-Matt Mahr’s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5B4U6k0qs4&feature=related
Litany of the Saints From John Paul II’s Funeral
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3iu9bwEfl4&feature=related


37 posted on 04/26/2008 8:02:10 AM PDT by fatima (Pray for our FRriend Jim founder of this forum.)
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padre pio


38 posted on 07/25/2011 5:33:43 PM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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