Ten Neat Facts About St. Padre Pio

  1. St. Padre Pio, received the stigmata, the visible wounds of Christ, in his hands, feet, and side, like St. Francis of Assisi before him.
  2. His wounds’ blood smelled of flower perfume.
  3. He heard confessions 10 or 12 hours a day.
  4. He could read the hearts of penitents, telling them the sins they had forgotten or concealed.
  5. Often attacked, he had others “praise Jesus” to confirm they were not demons in disguise.
  6. He had the gift of bilocation, the ability to be present at places far from where he was.
  7. Allied planes were repeatedly prevented from bombing his Italian town during WWII because of the appearance of a flying friar.
  8. On June 25, 1950, he was seen attending to the death of a fellow monk in Milwaukee. When asked about it he said, “If Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes, why cannot he multiply me?”
  9. Before dying on September 23, 1968, at the age of 81, all his wounds healed without scars, just as he had foretold they would fifty years prior.
  10. On June 16, 2002, over 500,000 attended his canonization by Pope John Paul the Great.

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