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The Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/23/12

Posted on 09/23/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT by marshmallow

Padre Pio (1887-1968) affords a striking modern instance of stigmata.

He was born Francesco Forgione into a peasant family at Pietrelcina, north-east of Naples. His parents lacked nothing in devotion, attending Mass daily, saying the rosary nightly and fasting three times a week. Although illiterate, they knew the gospels well, and passed on their knowledge to the children. (Francesco had an elder brother, Jack, and three younger sisters.)

By the age of five Francesco was exclusively religious. For play, he would sing hymns, pray and pretend to be a priest. For conversation, he turned to Jesus, the Virgin and his guardian angel. For combat, he fought off the attacks of the Devil. He was a solitary child.

At 10, Francesco heard a Capuchin preach and decided that he wanted to be a friar, “with a beard”. The local friary, however, demanded that he be further educated. His father, in order to finance a private tutor, went to work in America.

And so, in 1903, at the age of 15, Francesco took the habit of the Order of Friars Minor, assuming the name of Pius in religion, in honour of Pope Pius V, who had excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I.

In September 1910, after his ordination the previous month, Pius experienced pains in his hands and feet. He asked for his wounds – “an annoyance” – to be taken away, and found his prayer granted. “I do want to suffer,” he explained, “even to die of suffering, but all in secret.”

In 1911 Pius, apparently sick, was sent home from the monastery. It would be another five years before he was ordered to return to community life.

In August 1917 Pius was called up into the Italian Medical Corps; by October he had been placed in hospital himself. Early in 1918 he.....

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Anniversary of death (Sept 23).
1 posted on 09/23/2012 12:51:06 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Anemia? Lack of clotting agents?


2 posted on 09/23/2012 12:56:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Gingers have no souls.)
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To: marshmallow

I’ve often wondered about this stigmata that appear on the hands. Wasn’t Jesus nailed through the wrists? Just wondering!


3 posted on 09/23/2012 12:58:13 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Lazamataz

No, a validation of a saintly man. Read the lives of other stigmatists like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Theresa of Avila


4 posted on 09/23/2012 12:59:03 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Oh.


5 posted on 09/23/2012 12:59:39 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Gingers have no souls.)
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To: marshmallow
What a creepy miracle.

Just the sort of thing an evil demon would come up with to mock believers.

Of course it's a deliberate fake by a charlatan.

6 posted on 09/23/2012 1:07:50 PM PDT by Salman
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To: marshmallow
The first change I ever made on Wikipedia was to an article about Padre Pio. I was just surfing around, and I looked him up (been a fan for years, though I'm not Catholic) and learned the interesting "fact" that Padre Pio was an Italian mass murderer.

Took care of that pretty quick, but had to learn how to update Wikipedia to do it.

7 posted on 09/23/2012 1:09:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Salman

Like you mocking something you know little about?


8 posted on 09/23/2012 1:12:08 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: marshmallow

Not a single Italian bakery in Jersey that doesn’t have a Padre Pio poster!


9 posted on 09/23/2012 1:19:37 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Salman

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Go ask the Italian and international medical teams many of whom were atheists who attested to this phenomenon. Other saints like St. Theresa of Avila and St. Francis Assisi experienced the same wounds of the Christ.


10 posted on 09/23/2012 1:21:06 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: marshmallow

11 posted on 09/23/2012 1:27:30 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: Former Fetus

A semantic analysis showed that the original language used a noun that considered the hand and the wrist as one. In fact, I know a person from a third-world country who uses “hand” to mean all the way up to the shoulder, although if you pin her down she will acknowledge the modern hand ends somewhere short of that.

Nevertheless, it has been shown in modern research that the two palms can support the weight of the entire body (I think it was a National Geographic special of some kind), and if ropes are tied at the wrist in addition there is really no question at all. So I don’t think the precise anatomical location of the stigmata can be taken to disprove the miracle (especially when it already has been approved by the Church).


12 posted on 09/23/2012 1:31:50 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: marshmallow

I had no idea that he died today.

I wish there was a good movie about him, I’ve tried 2 or 3 and they don’t appeal to my 60 Minutes/Fox News investigative journalism news consumer tastes. To touchy-feely for me.

But I do love reading about him. I have a picture of him in my office.

He was one of the great Saints of the 20th Century, that’s for sure.

Thank you for this information.

“Padre Pio, Please pray for our country, and pray that our leaders keep the devil at bay!”


13 posted on 09/23/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: Steelfish

‘Go ask the Italian and international medical teams many of whom were atheists who attested to this phenomenon”

I read years ago that the shrine at Lourdes prefers to have atheist doctors examine the patients who come there to determine if any cures they enjoy are “miraculous”.


14 posted on 09/23/2012 1:38:29 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Lazamataz

>>>Lack of clotting agents?>>>

No, because then he would have bled to death internally.


15 posted on 09/23/2012 1:39:58 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: Lazamataz
Anemia? Lack of clotting agents?

Carbolic acid?

16 posted on 09/23/2012 1:41:51 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: steve86
As a college anatomy instructor I consider the wrist part of the hand, but most people don't. That's why I asked, I didn't know the background of the people describing the stigmata. One more thing, the Shroud of Turin shows the nail marks on the wrists. It seems to me like any "stigmata" on the palm of the hand would be very suspicious.

I'm not Catholic, so I am looking at the issue almost like a forensic detective. In 1917 anybody wanting to make fake stigmata would have thought of the palm of the hand. That is one of the reasons I believe the Shroud is authentic, it does not match the preconceived ideas of Renaissance Italy.

17 posted on 09/23/2012 1:43:23 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

I have read that the Shroud marks on the wrist were described as “rope burns”, but could be wrong. Thanks for your forensic input!


18 posted on 09/23/2012 1:50:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Salman
What a creepy miracle.
Just the sort of thing an evil demon would come up with to mock believers.
Of course it's a deliberate fake by a charlatan.

You contradict yourself. If it's a demonic miracle then it's not a fake by a charlatan. It's either supernatural or it's a man-made fake. Can't be both.

The amount of evidence supporting the truth of St. Pio's stigmata, as well and the testimony of miracles related to Pio, is so overwhelming as to be undeniable to all but the ignorant and willfully blind.

Padre Pio Under Investigation

19 posted on 09/23/2012 2:02:23 PM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: marshmallow

A puzzle is that his hands were bleeding but research seems to indicate the wounds of Jesus were in his wrists.


20 posted on 09/23/2012 2:14:28 PM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: AHerald

Far from embracing Padre Pio, the Church heirarchy placed heavy restrictions on him and tried repeatedly to prove his stigmata were fake. But they failed. Padre Pio was a true man of God.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 2:15:19 PM PDT by karnage
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To: karnage
Far from embracing Padre Pio, the Church heirarchy placed heavy restrictions on him and tried repeatedly to prove his stigmata were fake. But they failed. Padre Pio was a true man of God.

Amen.

22 posted on 09/23/2012 2:20:49 PM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Former Fetus

Some scientists have proposed that the wrist cannot support body weight, ignoring the possibility, and probability, that the wrists were tied to the cross. To the Romans, the hand would be much more symbolic.


23 posted on 09/23/2012 2:21:01 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Salman

It was not a deliberate fake. Padre Pio was inflicted by not only stigmata to his hands, but lacerations in his side and feet, none of which, over the years, were ever infected. He was examined by more than one physician. His wounds were real. You should look up the instances of stigmata before you post such an opinion.


24 posted on 09/23/2012 2:24:59 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: AHerald

I’ve heard that he would tell you your sins in confession. Wouldn’t that be a trip?


25 posted on 09/23/2012 2:28:21 PM PDT by Guardian Sebastian
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To: karnage

Yes, Padre Pio spent his one and only earthly life in suffering and complete, and I mean complete, service to God. Any man or woman who does that, whether Catholic or Protestant, deserves respect and admiration.


26 posted on 09/23/2012 2:31:31 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

We all have to realize that miracles weren’t something that just happened during Biblical times, they are happening every day. At mass today our priest was talking about Padre Pio and miracles. Our priest said that when he had made the decision to go to seminary, on his way he got cold feet. He stopped at a church to pray about it. He didn’t even know what kind of church it was, except that is was a Christian church because it had a cross out front. The day was June 24th. When he got inside the church, he discovered that not only was it a Catholic Church, but its name was Church of St. John the Baptist. The day this saint is celebrated is....June 24th. His prayers were answered.


27 posted on 09/23/2012 2:45:17 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Guardian Sebastian
I’ve heard that he would tell you your sins in confession. Wouldn’t that be a trip?

You're right. There is a mountain of testimony from penitents related to Pio's ability to see their sins. He would often send them away without absolution until they fessed up to the sins he saw. It was a life-changing conversion experience for many of them, who truly turned their lives around as a result of the experience.

Given my own tendency to rationalize and sometimes block out past sins in the confessional, I would love to have a confessor with such a gift. Uncomfortable, for sure, but ultimately a blessing.

28 posted on 09/23/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: marshmallow

May God continue to bless you, Padre Pio.


29 posted on 09/23/2012 3:06:53 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

“Padre Pio, Please pray for our country, and pray that our leaders keep the devil at bay!”

***
I join in your prayer.


30 posted on 09/23/2012 3:31:46 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: marshmallow

I am not even catholic..but I know who padre Pio is...solders returning from WW2 spoke of him very very fondly
His story is documented by physicians..his stigmata disappeared completely 2 days before his death..


31 posted on 09/23/2012 3:49:35 PM PDT by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: Steelfish

One mother pinned a picture of Padre Pio to her dying child’s hospital pillow and prayed to him. By morning the cancer that had ravaged her child was gone. It is explained as a miracle and I believe this is one of the miracles the Vatican considered for him to be canonized. He is truly blessed!!!

Just seeing the picture of him is very emotional.


32 posted on 09/23/2012 4:00:43 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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The Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years
Padre Pio's Love for the Holy Angels (Catholic Caucus

THE HEALING OF [the eyes of] GEMMA DI GIORGI [by St. Padre Pio] [Ecumenical]
Padre Pio confided in young JP II that shoulder wound was his greatest suffering [Catholic C]
[Padre Pio's]Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] THEFT OF PADRE PIO RELICS ATTEMPTED
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Padre Pio’s healing power felt by local Catholic
Statue of Baby Jesus travels from Holy Land to Padre Pio's monastery
Saint Padre Pio's Christmas Meditation
Remembering Francesco Forgione -- a.k.a., Padre Pio
Pope: a life of prayer and charity like Padre Pio, against activism and secularisation [St. Pio]

Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound
St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion
Padre Pio, Priest and Victim [Ecumenical]
Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]
St. Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio]
THE HOLY WOUNDS OF CHRIST & Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound [Devotional]
Popular Italian Catholic saint exhumed 40 years on (Padre Pio's body in fair condition)
Letter 33 - Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, 16 November 1914.
Padre Pio and the Mother Co-redemptrix(CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
Saint Padre Pio letters #29Correspondence with Raffaelina Cerase

Message, holiness of saint with stigmata more relevant now than ever, 'Padre Pio' author says
St. Padre Pio During Mass
Padre Pio and the Guardian Angel
Spiritual Counsels from Saint Padre Pio
What Does It Means To Be Canonized.(Padre Pio example)
Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio - Pray for Texas!)
Padre Pio's Love for the Blessed Mother
St. Padre Pio
Padre Pio's Shrine, as the Architect Sees It - Renzo Piano Talks about Church, San Giovanni Rotondo
Padre Pio Aid Says Saint Accepted New Mass

Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae
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Cardinal Schotte (Head of the Synod of Bishops) and his view on Dallas; Rose petals for Padre Pio
Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found in His Tomb?
Padre Pio Now A Saint - Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future
Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future
Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio
PADRE PIO DA PIETRELCINA
Padre Pio to be Canonized This June
St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968

His Friends Remember Padre Pio
St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968
Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae
Padre Pio Now A Saint - Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future
Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future
Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio
Remarkable Transformation: Padre Pio

33 posted on 09/23/2012 4:22:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lazamataz
Mystical Stigmata
34 posted on 09/23/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Salman

It was not fake. Of course, ignorant people who know nothing about it, and who lean toward foam-at-the-mouth bigotry will probably say otherwise.


35 posted on 09/23/2012 5:00:30 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: zot; SeraphimApprentice

Padre Pio, in memoriam of his passing on Sep 23, 1968


36 posted on 09/23/2012 6:04:12 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

Thank you for the ping. I was one of the many Protestants who cheered when the Catholic Church canonized Saint Padre Pio. His stigmata were remarkable, but only one part of his extraordinary life. His greatest gift was as a confessor.


37 posted on 09/23/2012 6:34:18 PM PDT by zot
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To: steve86
I don't have a better pic, but you can see not only the hole made by the nail, but also 2 trails of blood. Just what you would expect from someone crucified who would rise up to breathe and then slump again.


38 posted on 09/23/2012 6:39:10 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Salman
It would seems you are not familiar with the number of stigmatics? Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi bore the wounds of Christ? There are others.
39 posted on 09/23/2012 6:50:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lazamataz

Nope. and his body has remained uncorrupted since his death.


40 posted on 09/23/2012 6:51:47 PM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

There is a great movie about Pio and it’s free on Youtube. I think there are 16 parts to it but it’s quite good.


41 posted on 09/23/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Salvation
It would seems you are not familiar with the number of stigmatics? Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi bore the wounds of Christ? There are others.
However many "stigmatics" there are, each one is a sign of the fundamental evil of your church.
42 posted on 09/23/2012 6:57:02 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Former Fetus

I read that after he died, the stigmata disappeared from his body...don’t know for sure, but it seems they showed his body free of the stigmata. I have wondered about that since.


43 posted on 09/23/2012 7:22:44 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Salman
Why would you say that bearing the wounds of Christ is evil?

Check out the "Mystical" link for the list. May God help your unbelief. Blessings.

he Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years
The Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Mystical Stigmata
Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound
What is the Stigmata? [Ecumenical]
Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]
The Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi -- The Wounds of Christ
Message, holiness of saint with stigmata more relevant now than ever, 'Padre Pio' author says
Update on Little Marie Rose Ferron(1936) stigmata of the Catholic Faith
Saint Gemma Galgani
The Miracle Of Damascus[Our Lady Of Soufanieh]- APPROVED By Catholic And Orthodox Bishops

44 posted on 09/23/2012 7:24:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

bookmarking for a favorite saint!


45 posted on 09/23/2012 7:51:12 PM PDT by VRWCer ( They will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - ML King)
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To: Salman
Matthew 12:24 But the Pharisees hearing it, said: This man casteth not out the devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand?
Matthew 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
Matthew 12:28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.
Matthew 12:29 Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong? and then he will rifle his house.
Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
Matthew 12:31 Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.

Sooner or later most of those who worship their own Most High and Holy Self join these Pharisees and blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

46 posted on 09/23/2012 10:35:03 PM PDT by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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