Pio of Pietrelcina, Saint

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Pio of Pietrelcina, Saint

Pio of Pietrelcina, Saint, 1887–1968, Italian Capuchin friar and mystic known as Padre Pio. Born Francesco Forgione, he was a sickly child who experienced visions and ecstasies at a young age and entered the Capuchin Order in 1903. Ordained a priest in 1910, he served (1915–18) in the Italian army medical corps, but only intermittently due to poor health. In 1916 he moved to a friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived the rest of his life. In 1918, he was said to began to experience stigmata, and this and his reputation for healing the sick and predicting the future brought him prominence. He opened a hospital in 1956, and in 1959 a church was added to the monastery to accommodate the millions of pilgrims who came to San Giovanni Rotondo each year. The Vatican conducted at least 12 investigations into him over the years and at times forbade him from saying mass publicly or hearing confessions, but restrictions were eased in the 1930s; ultimately Pope Paul VI dismissed all allegations against him. He was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II; his feast is Sept. 23.
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He was named Francesco Forgione in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Ma.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, whose real name was Francesco Forgione, was born in 1887 and ordained in 1910.
Born Francesco Forgione on May 25th, 1887 in the tiny, poor village of Pietrelcina on the "spur of the boot" in Italy, Saint Padre Pio, who had been given that name upon ordination as a Franciscan Capuchin Father, became the first priest to bear the Stigmata (wounds of the Passion of Christ impressed on his flesh), which he carried amid great pain until his death in 1967.
Francesco Forgione, or Padre Pio as he was better known, was born in Southern Italy in 1887.
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Born Francesco Forgione in 1887 to peasant farmers from the southern Italian village of Pietrelicina, the youngest of eight children, he entered the Church at 15, joining the Franciscan Capuchin Order and was ordained in 1910, aged 23.