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  • Was the angel of Highway 19 the saint Padre Pio?.......

    08/09/2013 7:43:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    FULL TITLE: Was the angel of Highway 19 the saint Padre Pio? Catholics suggest that the priest who's been dead for 45 years appeared at crash scene to bless and save life of teen victim Five days on, the identity of the guardian angel priest of Missouri's Highway 19 remains as mysterious as his appearance on the roadside was miraculous. Friends and family of Katie Lentz, along with rescue workers still want to thank the unidentified man whose prayers they credit with bestowing a supernatural calm as EMT's battled to cut the Illinois teen from her mangled car wreck. But...
  • Cardinal Schotte (Head of the Synod of Bishops) and his view on Dallas; Rose petals for Padre Pio

    06/16/2002 11:49:00 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 7 replies · 249+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 6/14/2002 | John L. Allen
    This week all eyes are on Dallas, where the U.S. bishops will try to round a corner on the sexual abuse crisis that broke anew in Boston in December. It’s not just the U.S. that will be watching. Here in Rome curial officials are also paying close attention, knowing that whatever the American bishops do will be widely influential around the world. I happened to share a plane ride last Saturday with Belgian Cardinal Jan Schotte, a very influential figure in this pontificate who runs the Synod of Bishops. I had been in Chicago giving a talk at the Religion...
  • PADRE PIO DA PIETRELCINA

    06/13/2002 2:31:22 PM PDT · by sspxsteph · 40 replies · 594+ views
    PADRE PIO DA PIETRELCINA CANONIZATION 16 June 2002
  • Padre Pio to be Canonized This June

    04/16/2002 2:06:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 49 replies · 289+ views
    EWTN | 4.16.02 | Me
    Just Heard on EWTN internet radio that Padre Pio will be Canonized this June.
  • His Friends Remember Padre Pio

    01/17/2002 1:41:50 PM PST · by Lady In Blue · 7 replies · 670+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 13, 2001 | Andrew Walther
    National Catholic Register   His Friends Remember Padre Pio First in a Series 2002's Saints to Be Padre Pio, Juan Diego, Msgr. Josemaría Escrivá National Catholic Register 1.13.01-1.19.01 by ANDREW WALTHER Register Correspondent SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy - Although he died in 1968, the popularity of Padre Pio - a stigmatist, reader of souls, mystic soon to be declared a saint - has grown over the years. In fact, this simple Capuchin friar is so well known that more pilgrims journey to the small town of San Giovanni Rotondo every year than to Fatima, Lourdes, or any other shrine ...
  • St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968

    06/04/2002 11:17:33 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 19 replies · 414+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | 6/6/02 | Fr. Armand Dasseville, O.F.M. Cap.
    St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968 By Fr. Armand Dasseville, O.F.M. Cap.   God often blesses some men or women in a very special way. He bestows upon one or more of his faithful servants extraordinary graces and gifts. These servants of God shine like lights. They are radiant in virtue and perform edifying actions that serve to mirror Christ and encourage the faithful to greater efforts toward sanctity. The purpose of these gifts is to spread the Kingdom of God by rescuing sinners from the grip of Satan and by restoring all things in Christ. In our day and age such...
  • Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae

    01/12/2003 9:17:25 PM PST · by Scupoli · 56 replies · 846+ views
    The Angelus Magazine | May 1999 | Fr. Jean, OFM Cap
    Padre Pio (May 25, 1887 - September 23, 1968) was beatified on May 2, 1999, and canonised on June 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II. He is the only priest known to have received the full stigmata. He never celebrated the Novus Ordo Missae. The final year of this dying, decaying century will see the beatification of Padre Pio, the holy monk whom God sent as a sign for our age. For, while everyone wants to make us believe in a new "charismatic" Church, strangely we do not find there any wonderworking saints like the ones we meet throughout...
  • Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future

    06/16/2002 10:31:54 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 69 replies · 2,073+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 6/16/02 | Philip Pullella
    Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future Sun Jun 16, 8:40 AM ET By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Padre Pio, the 20th century Italian mystic monk and miracle worker who for 50 years is said to have had the stigmata -- the bleeding wounds of Christ -- had for many people always been a saint. Pope John Paul ( news - web sites) formally declared his sainthood on Sunday at a solemn ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands in a sweltering St. Peter's Square and watched on screen by millions in Italy and around the world. For many,...
  • Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio

    06/16/2002 4:05:57 AM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 228+ views
    AP | 6/16/02 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    VATICAN CITY, Jun 16, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Struggling against wilting heat, Pope John Paul II declared the mystic 20th century monk Padre Pio a saint on Sunday to wild cheers from one of the Vatican's biggest crowds ever - hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who jammed St. Peter's Square and the nearby streets. Many pilgrims arrived hours before the 10 a.m. ceremony to secure a seat. They waited as the temperature climbed toward a forecast 91 degrees and high humidity made the air suffocatingly heavy. As the pope began reciting opening prayers, paramedics carried out at...
  • St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion

    10/11/2008 8:40:39 AM PDT · by stfassisi · 12 replies · 568+ views
    http://www.sanpadrepio.com/piolife.htm ^ | Unknown | Frank M. Rega, S.F.O.
    In the light of the Humanae Vitae’s other accurate predictions, are mandatory birth control and abortion on the horizon for America? St. Padre Pio demonstrated the depth of his love and loyalty to the Church when he publicly praised and defended Pope Paul VI for his encyclical Humanae Vitae, “Of Human Life.” 1 Upon its release in the summer of 1968, a torrent of vilification and disobedience was unleashed upon the Pontiff from within the Church, as well as mockery and scorn from without. Such open rebellion against Peter’s successor was unprecedented, and yet he had done nothing more than...
  • Padre Pio, Priest and Victim [Ecumenical]

    09/25/2008 9:10:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | September 22, 2008 | Father Mark/Monsignor Arthur Burton Calkins
    Padre Pio, Priest and Victim By Father Markon September 22, 2008 11:05 PM By Monsignor Arthur Burton Calkins I. The Crisis of Identity in the PriesthoodAlmost immediately after the Second Vatican Council, a terrible identity crisis of enormous proportions began to overtake the Catholic priesthood and thousands of priests left the active ministry with or without the requisite permission. Still others became genuinely confused about the nature of their priesthood. Unfortunately, the disorientation still remains in many ways. Its causes, no doubt, are quite complex and ultimately we must confess that "An enemy has done this" (Mt. 13:28).But recognizing...
  • St. Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio]

    09/18/2008 10:37:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies · 2,392+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 09-19-08 | EWTN various
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  • Letter 33 - Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, 16 November 1914.

    09/26/2007 7:34:25 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Beloved daughter of Jesus, May the grace and mercy and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you all and make you ever more acceptable to God our Father. Amen. I give thanks continually to God for you, as is my duty, for your continual increase in holiness and for the love of Jesus which is becoming more and more abundant in your heart. This poor letter of mine will deal with what ought to be the life of one who is living in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is my intention to place before you an...
  • Padre Pio and the Mother Co-redemptrix(CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/10/2007 6:18:13 AM PDT · by stfassisi · 81 replies · 1,058+ views
    Padre Pio and the Mother Co-redemptrix By Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, F.I. Saturday, 08 September 2007 It has been written, and rightly so, that "if there is an aspect of the mystery of Mary especially fitting to the life and work of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, it is certainly the coredemptive aspect of the person and mission of the Immaculate in God’s salvific plan of love" (1). The mystery of Mary Coredemptrix is present in the life and writings of St. Pio of Pietrelcina at the highest levels of mystical experience which he lived out in body and soul, and...
  • Saint Padre Pio letters #29Correspondence with Raffaelina Cerase

    08/23/2007 5:55:48 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 7 replies · 479+ views
    [ This letter is an exceptional explanation of Christian perfection. Padre Pio explains the twofold action of the Holy Ghost -- internal and external. The first virtue is Charity with Joy and Peace as it's wonderful fruit. The role of trials and the need for patience. Kindliness, Forbearance, Meekness and faithfulness; Modesty, Continence and Chastity. ] Beloved daughter of Jesus, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be always with you and with your family. Jesus wants me to write to you for your feastday and I...
  • Spiritual Counsels from Saint Padre Pio

    06/06/2007 1:58:35 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 5 replies · 444+ views
    Spiritual Counsels from ST. Padre Pio Love of God You must speak to Jesus also with the heart, besides the lips; indeed, in certain cases you must speak to him only with the heart. Do not worry over things that generate preoccupation, derangement and anxiety. One thing only is necessary: to lift up your spirit and love God. The heart of our Divine Master has no more amiable law than that of sweetness, humility, charity. Often place your confidence in Divine Providence and be assured that sooner heaven and earth shall pass away than that the Lord neglect to protect...
  • Padre Pio's Love for the Blessed Mother

    01/30/2005 5:08:37 AM PST · by Catholic54321 · 3 replies · 1,388+ views
    One of the outstanding characteristics of Padre Pio’s(Francesco Forgione’s) spirituality was his deep devotion to Mary. His love for the Blessed Mother was one which was present from his earliest years and which lasted through his whole life. In the small town of Pietrelcina where he was born, devotion to the Madonna has been a characteristic of the people’s spirituality for many centuries. Our Lady Liberatrix (Our Lady of Liberty) was the special patroness of the area and was venerated in the main church. Every year there was a festival in her honor with a procession through the streets. The...
  • St.Padre Pio

    09/22/2004 9:23:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies · 976+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 2004 | EWTN
    BiographyPadre Pio was born May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, a small country town located in southern Italy. His parents were Grazio Mario Forgione (1860-1946) and Maria Guiseppa de Nunzio Forgione (1859-1929). He was baptized the next day, in the nearby Castle Church, with the name of his brother, Francesco, who died in early infancy. Other children in the family were an older brother, Michele; three younger sisters: Felicita, Pellegrina and Grazia; and two children who died as infants. Religion was the center of life for both Pietrelcina and the Forgione family. The town had many celebrations throughout the...
  • Padre Pio's Shrine, as the Architect Sees It - Renzo Piano Talks about Church, San Giovanni Rotondo

    08/19/2004 8:01:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 14,156+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 23, 2004
    ROME, JULY 23, 2004 (ZENIT.org-Avvenire).- The newly inaugurated shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, dedicated to Padre Pio, will likely be regarded as one of the great architectural works of the start of the millennium. The Capuchin friars of the community of the religious of the stigmata entrusted the project to one of the world's most prestigious architects, Renzo Piano. The work, inaugurated July 1, has room for 8,000 people. The press has described it as the largest Catholic church after St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. In this interview, Piano talked about the way he developed the project. Q:...
  • THE HEALING OF [the eyes of] GEMMA DI GIORGI [by St. Padre Pio] [Ecumenical]

    04/02/2011 10:05:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    PadrePioDevotions.org ^ | not given | PadrePioDevotions
    THE HEALING OF GEMMA DI GIORGIAmong the many miracles of healing attributed to Padre Pio, some are so unusual and unique that they have been the subject of much discussion and controversy in medical circles. In these particular cases, the person who has been healed lives a completely normal life afterward, even though they continue to have all the physical symptoms of their illness. From a scientific viewpoint, they are still sick. One such person is Gemma di Giorgi.Gemma di Giorgi was born on Christmas day in 1939, in the Sicilian town of Ribera. Almost immediately, her mother realized that...
  • [Padre Pio's]Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life

    09/25/2010 12:10:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 4 August 2004, | Gino Concetti
    Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life Gino Concetti Examining the writings of Padre PioThe publication of the letters of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina reveal unheard of and surprising aspects of his priestly ministry. Through his vast experience he was a master of spiritual direction for the various categories of faithful: young people, adults and the elderly, both men and women. His ministry for priests and Religious was of equal, if not better, quality.As an apostle full of charismatic gifts, this saintly priest knew how to treat every person and every situation with the greatest gentleness and charity.Gianluigi Pasquale,...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] THEFT OF PADRE PIO RELICS ATTEMPTED

    08/09/2010 5:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 1+ views
    (ANSA) - San Giovanni Rotondo, August 9 - An attempt was made during the night between Sunday and Monday to steal relics belonging to the revered St Padre Pio, police reported. The would-be thief or thieves broke into a small chapel which previously hosted the tomb of the saint in the cemetery here in this southeastern town and tried to break into a display case which held the relics. These included samples of Padre Pio's hair, gloves and gauze used to wrap his stigmata, the wounds he allegedly bore for over 50 years and which matched those of the crucified...
  • Statue of Baby Jesus travels from Holy Land to Padre Pio's monastery

    01/29/2010 3:30:15 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 173+ views
    cna ^ | January 29, 2010
    The Little Child Jesus statue from Bethlehem. San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Jan 29, 2010 / 02:49 am (CNA).- Marking the first time the statue has ever left its sanctuary in Bethlehem, the original wooden sculpture of the "Little Child" Jesus was brought by its guardian, Fr. Jerzy Kraj, to the Sanctuary of St. Giovanni Rotondo on Thursday. During its visit, the statue will be taken to the children's cancer ward of a hospital founded by St. Padre Pio. "With immense joy," announced the Capuchin Minor Friars among whom Saint Pio lived, "we will live here, in San Giovanni Rotondo,...
  • Saint Padre Pio's Christmas Meditation

    12/25/2009 8:01:41 AM PST · by stfassisi · 11 replies · 346+ views
    Far into the night, at the coldest time of the year, in a chilly grotto, more suitable for a flock of beasts than for humans, the promised Messiah – Jesus – the savior of mankind, comes into the world in the fullness of time. There are none who clamor around him: only an ox and an ass lending their warmth to the newborn infant; with a humble woman, and a poor and tired man, in adoration beside him. Nothing can be heard except the sobs and whimpers of the infant God. And by means of his crying and weeping he...
  • Padre Pio's Love for the Holy Angels (Catholic Caucus

    01/29/2012 11:09:32 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Padre Pio Devotions ^ | October 2011
    The word angel is derived from the ancient Greek word aggelos which means messenger. The angels are God's instruments or messengers whom he uses to communicate his will. References to the celestial or non-corporal beings better known as angels, are mentioned more than 100 times in the Old Testament and more than 150 times in the New Testament. From the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation, scriptures speak of the existence of angels. In the book of Genesis, the three men who appear to Abraham are angels who have taken human form (Genesis 18:2). An...
  • The Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years

    09/23/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    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...
  • "One of the difficulties is that they appear in many disguises..." (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2011 6:17:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | 5/25/11 | Paul Melanson
    Today is St. Padre Pio's birthday.  It is mine as well.  With the spiritual battle intensifying all around us as more and more abandon the Faith of our Fathers, I thought I would post the following thoughts on spiritual warfare from some of our Church's great prayer-warriors: "Spiritual combat is another element of life which needs to be taught anew and proposed once more to all Christians today. It is a secret and interior art, an invisible struggle in which we engage every day against the temptations, the evil suggestions that the demon tries to plant in our hearts." - Pope...
  • Padre Pio confided in young JP II that shoulder wound was his greatest suffering [Catholic C]

    02/19/2011 8:54:52 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Path Less Taken ^ | February 17, 2011
    From a fascinating article by Frank M. Rega. Shortly after World War II was over, a young Polish priest who was studying in Rome, Fr. Karol Wojtyla, visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. This encounter took place around 1947 or 1948. At that time in post-war Italy, it was possible to have access to Padre Pio, since travel was difficult and great crowds were not besieging the Friary. The young priest spent almost a week in San Giovanni Rotondo during his visit, and was able to attend Padre Pio’s Mass and make his confession to the saint. Apparently, this...
  • Thieves Try to Rob Padre Pio's Tomb

    08/09/2010 11:27:25 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/10/2010 | Tancred
    Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. Rome (kath.net/KAP) Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. The thieves broke into the chapel crypt of the south Italian city of Saint Giovanni Rotundo, according to the Roman daily 'La Republica' (Monday-Edition) which was reported to the local police. There the perpetrators broke through the bulletproof glass, behind which the reliquary of the Capuccin Monk is located.
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Padre Pio’s healing power felt by local Catholic

    06/21/2010 4:56:47 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Intermountain Catholic ^ | 6-21-10 | Marie Mischel
    SALT LAKE CITY — The last time Rosaelia Nevarez was diagnosed with cancer, her doctors weren’t optimistic about her chances for recovery. She needed an emergency operation, they said, and suggested she call her family to her hospital bedside. During the operation, she dreamed of the Virgin Mary. “She said, ‘You will be OK. You don’t have to be afraid,” Nevarez said. Appearing with Mary was Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a saint Nevarez had heard of but didn’t know much about. Though a Catholic, Nevarez had left the Church several times, “but my faith has always been that without God...
  • Holy Solar: Statue of Catholic saint will produce renewable energy (Padre Pio)

    Why build an ordinary everyday statue in commemoration of one of Catholicism’s most cherished saints, when you can build one that literally delivers rays of light to the people? Padre Pio has a special significance for Italian Catholics, who pray to him more often than to Jesus or the Virgin Mary, so perhaps it’s not too surprising that curators of his shrine have decided to build the kind of monument that will get worldwide attention: a 60-foot statue capable of collecting solar energy. Born Francesco Forgione in 1887, Padre Pio has a massive global following that is expected to pony...
  • Remembering Francesco Forgione -- a.k.a., Padre Pio

    09/23/2009 10:44:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 927+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | September 23, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    On this feast of St. Pio I decided to revisit a homily I delivered earlier this year, when my parish dedicated a special chapel in his name. A snip: One of my favorite stories about him happened during the early 1960s Italy was in crisis. The Red Brigade was sparking violence in Rome, and it was considered dangerous to travel around the country. For protection, people began carrying pictures of Padre Pio. During this time, Padre Pio had to leave his village to visit Rome, and one of the other friars asked him, “Aren’t you worried about the Red Brigade?”...
  • ‘Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry’

    09/14/2009 1:50:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 609+ views
    nc register ^ | September 14, 2009 | Joseph Pronechen
    During World War II, many Allied pilots failed to complete their missions over the Italian town of San Giovanni Rotondo. It seemed a Franciscan friar flying through the sky was staying their hands, preventing them from dropping their bombs. One aviator after the other testified to this otherworldly phenomenon, corroborating one another’s incredible tale of supernatural intervention in the midst of battle. The friar, of course, was Padre Pio of Pietrelcina — now St. Pio, whose feast the Church celebrates on Sept. 23. And the story, of course, is private revelation; Catholics are free to believe or disbelieve its veracity...
  • Touched by Padre Pio's guardian angels [Catholic Caucus]

    07/28/2009 9:42:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 935+ views
    PhilStar ^ | July 26, 2009 | Letty Jacinto-Lopez
    The main altar at the church where Padre Pio used to say Mass It was 1965.  My brother and sister-in-law (“sis” for short) had wanted to have a baby in the first five years of their married life but all attempts failed. Anxious and getting desperate, my sis agreed to travel to a then-sleepy town called San Giovanni Rotondo — about a four-hour drive from Rome, Italy — to meet Padre Pio, the Capuchin friar who bore the nail wounds of Jesus on the cross. She said, “I waited for three hours at the confessional room.  Finally, I saw Padre Pio motioning...
  • Pope: a life of prayer and charity like Padre Pio, against activism and secularisation [St. Pio]

    06/22/2009 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 300+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | AsiaNews
    » 06/21/2009 12:38VATICANPope: a life of prayer and charity like Padre Pio, against activism and secularisation Benedict XVI visits San Giovanni Rotondo and proposes the characteristics of the Saint from Pietrelcina to capuchin monks, Padre Pio spiritual groups and all faithful. The Pope prays before the body of the saint. San Giovanni Rotondo (AsiaNews) –  “Simplicity”, humility and having been “seized by Christ”, the characteristics of Padre Pio, part of the inheritance he left his brother capuchins, the prayer groups inspired by him and all Christians, to combat secularism and activism: this was the pope's message during his pastoral visit...
  • Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound

    04/09/2009 7:40:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 1,456+ views
    Half the Kingdom blog ^ | April 8, 2009
      Shortly after World War II was over, a young Polish priest who was studying in Rome, Fr. Karol Wojtyla, visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. This encounter took place around 1947 or 1948. At that time in post-war Italy, it was possible to have access to Padre Pio, since travel was difficult and great crowds were not besieging the Friary. The young priest spent almost a week in San Giovanni Rotondo during his visit, and was able to attend Padre Pio’s Mass and make his confession to the saint.   Apparently, this was not just a casual...
  • 2 men get prison for stealing, destroying statue at Padre Pio shrine near Barto

    03/18/2009 6:58:01 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 26 replies · 795+ views
    Reading Eagle ^ | 3/18/09 | Holly Herman
    Two men apologized Tuesday in Berks County Court before they were sentenced to state prison for stealing and destroying a brass statue of an angel from the National Center of Padre Pio Inc. near Barto in September. John E. Hammond Jr. and Jamie L. Custer admitted they cut the 8-foot-tall, 1,200-pound "Angel of the Roses" into pieces and sold them as scrap for $952. Hammond, 31, of Spring City, Chester County, was sentenced by Judge James M. Bucci to 21 months to six years in state prison. "I am ashamed and embarrassed," Hammond said. Custer, 31, Norristown, received one to...
  • Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2008 1:34:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 3,267+ views
    CNA ^ | September 22, 2008
    St. Padre Pio Rome, Sep 22, 2008 / 12:39 pm (CNA).- In an article published by the L’Osservatore Romano, Francesco Castelli, a biographer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, has revealed details of the first investigation in 1921 by the Holy Office—now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—into the life of the Italian priest and the authenticity of his stigmata.Castelli explained that the recent opening of the archives that contain the information on the first investigations show that it is not true that the Holy Office was suspicious of Padre Pio, but rather that there was admiration and...
  • St Padre Pio's devotion to St Gemma Galgani

    09/04/2008 12:04:54 PM PDT · by gdallaire1 · 6 replies · 765+ views
    The Communion of Saints--St Padre Pio's devotion to St. Gemma Galgani While Padre Pio's writings were being recently scrutinised in preparation for his canonisation on June 16, 2002, there came forth some accusations of plagiarism against the would be Saint. In May 2003, the Roman Jesuit magazine "La Civilta Cattolica" defended Padre Pio. Below is an article from Jesuit USA news http://www.companysj.com/sjusa/030613.htm#magazinedefendspio ___________________________________________________ Was Padre Pio a plagiarist? An influential Jesuit magazine in Rome has defended the Italian saint and mystic Padre Pio da Pietrelcina against charges of plagiarism. The Capuchin stigmatic was declared a saint in June last year....
  • Toledo woman uses 'gift' of channeling [Saint Padre Pio speaks through 63-year-old former nun]

    08/21/2008 8:12:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies · 374+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | July 12, 2008 | DAVID YONKE
    Dottie Zimmerman is a 63-year-old mother of three, an award-winning religion teacher at a Toledo Catholic school, a former Ursuline nun, and a director of the Children's Theatre Workshop. For the last five years, Mrs. Zimmerman also says she has been "channeling" Padre Pio, letting the dead Italian Catholic saint mystically speak through her. It is a "gift," she said, and although she never asked for it she believes she must use it to help others, especially children. Last month, Mrs. Zimmerman channeled the saint during a meeting of the Toledo Lightworkers Co-op, a group of people who explore alternative...
  • THE HOLY WOUNDS OF CHRIST & Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound [Devotional]

    08/20/2008 6:34:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 6,693+ views
    Various ^ | August 20, 2008
    Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet--I can count all my bones. (Ps 22:16-17) "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. " (Isaiah 53:5) Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.  The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you."  Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Novena for Jim Robinson {May 25 - June 2]

    05/20/2008 10:19:51 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies · 173+ views
    excerpts from the book: The Holy Souls: "Viva Padre Pio" | May 20, 2008
    Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel   O most holy Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you are the joy of the Church Triumphant, the help of the Church Militant, and the comfort of the Church Suffering. Therefore, extend, we pray you, your merciful glance on those numerous souls who suffer in the fires of Purgatory and free them, that they may be admitted to the beatific vision of God as soon as possible. Remember O holy Virgin, to help especially those of my relatives, and those who are most abandoned and devoid of help. O most merciful...
  • Padre Pio, Pope Benedict: Soul Mates?

    04/29/2008 9:21:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 92+ views
    Time ^ | April 25, 2008 | JEFF ISRAELY
    In 1947, a young Polish priest named Karol Wojtyla made the pilgrimage to a small town in Puglia to have his confession heard by Padre Pio, the mysterious Italian monk with the Christ-like stigmata wounds on his hands. It was that encounter — along with Wojtyla's belief that a prayer by the Capuchin monk had cured a friend's cancer in 1962 — that helps explain why Padre Pio was fast-tracked for sainthood once Wojtyla had risen to the papacy as John Paul II. But some may now wonder if the current Pope, the cerebral and professorial Benedict XVI, has the...
  • Thousands flock to exhumed body of saint Padre Pio (Catholic Caucus)

    04/25/2008 6:50:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 632+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    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...
  • Popular Italian Catholic saint exhumed 40 years on (Padre Pio's body in fair condition)

    03/03/2008 5:33:15 AM PST · by NYer · 61 replies · 2,501+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2008 | Phillip Pullella
    ROME, March 3 (Reuters Life!) - The body of the mystic monk Padre Pio, one of the Roman Catholic world's most revered saints who died 40 years ago, has been exhumed to be prepared for display to his many devotees. The body of the Capuchin friar, who was said to have had the stigmata -- the wounds of Christ's crucifixion -- on his hands and feet -- is to be conserved and put in a part-glass coffin for at least several months from April 24. A Church statement said the body was in "fair condition", particularly the hands, which Archbishop...
  • St. Padre Pio's body to be exhumed, displayed for veneration

    01/26/2008 7:47:14 AM PST · by Ottofire · 76 replies · 492+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Jan-8-2008 | Catholic News Service
    SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (CNS) -- The body of St. Padre Pio will be exhumed, studied and displayed for public veneration from mid-April to late September, said the archbishop who oversees the shrine where the saint is buried. Archbishop Domenico D'Ambrosio, papal delegate for the shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, announced Jan. 6 that he and the Capuchin friars of Padre Pio's community had decided it was important to verify the condition of the saint's body and find a way to ensure its preservation. "It is my personal conviction and that of the confreres of St. Pio that we have...
  • Exhumation of Padre Pio contested

    01/08/2008 8:41:53 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 372+ views
    ANSA ^ | January 7, 2008
    (ANSA) - San Giovanni Rotondo, January 6 - Plans to exhume the body of Padre Pio, the Italian saint famed for his perpetually bleeding hands and supernatural powers, are meeting vigorous opposition from some of his relatives. San Pio's niece, Pia Forgione, and her eight children have already begun legal action aimed at stopping the exhumation and a formal court appeal will soon be lodged, it emerged on Monday. Archbishop Domenico Umberto D'Ambrosio has announced that the body of San Pio - who is still known to devotees as Padre Pio - will be taken out of his tomb...
  • Italy's Padre Pio 'faked his stigmata with acid'

    10/25/2007 9:24:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 984 replies · 450+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 24, 2007 | Malcolm Moore
    The Other Christ: Padre Pio and 19th Century Italy, by the historian Sergio Luzzatto, draws on a document found in the Vatican's archive.   Padre Pio exhibited stigmata throughout his life, starting in 1911 The document reveals the testimony of a pharmacist who said that the young Padre Pio bought four grams of carbolic acid in 1919. "I was an admirer of Padre Pio and I met him for the first time on 31 July 1919," wrote Maria De Vito. She claimed to have spent a month with the priest in the southern town of San Giovanni Rotondo, seeing him...
  • Message, holiness of saint with stigmata more relevant now than ever, 'Padre Pio' author says

    07/27/2007 8:00:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 509+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | July 26, 2007
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (Catholic Online) – Miracles, bilocation, wounds that bled like Christ’s – none of these amazed the Capuchin Friars who dined, laughed and worked with the Capuchin saint internationally known as Padre Pio. Canonized on June 16, 2002, Padre Pio impressed his brother monks not with mystical feats but with intensive prayer habits and a Christian example.“You cannot imagine how deeply he prayed,” said Brother Joseph Martin. “When he prayed, Padre Pio’s face looked like an angel’s,” said Brother Alessio Parente. “He would have conversations with God, just like you and I are doing right now.” Padre Pio’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-06, Memorial St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest

    09/23/2006 9:14:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies · 835+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 09-23-06 | New American Bible
    September 23, 2006 Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, priest Psalm: Saturday 39 Reading 11 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It...