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Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)

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canonized Saint on June 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II.

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“Pray, hope, and don’t worry! Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips but with your heart. In fact, on certain occasions, you should speak to Him only with your heart.” ~ Saint (Padre) Pio

  • Capuchin Priests Padre Pio official website (view in Italian or English)
  • The Padre Pio Foundation of America
  • Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: The Priest and Victim
  • About Padre Pio

    Padre Pio Devotions website which is dedicated to the life and spirituality of St. Pio. It includes the quarterly publication "Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry", a photo gallery, testimonials, Padre Pio's voice, his words of hope, prayers, and more.

    Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry. An article on St. Pio's life and San Giovanni Rotondo, from Catholic Education Resource CentreUK National Shrine of Padre Pio (Wales)


    "First stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic Church"

    SAINT PADRE PIO (Francesco Forgione) was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. As a child, he showed extraordinary signs of devotion to God. At five years of age, he dedicated himself to God. He was able to see his guardian angel and had visits from Jesus and the Virgin Mary as a young boy.

    At the age of sixteen he was admitted into the Franciscan Capuchins as a novitiate. His fellow brothers recognized in him his great love of prayer and his great love for God. On August 10, 1910, at the age of twenty-three, he was ordained a priest. His parishioners were very impressed by his holiness and sought his counsel often. After two years of being a priest, he offered himself as a victim soul for the poor souls in purgatory and God sent him many physical ailments and suffering which Padre Pio offered up for the release of the poor souls in purgatory. He suffered throughout his entire life from temptations, attacks from demons and from physical illnesses.

    At the age of thirty-one, in 1918, he received the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) from God, after celebrating morning Mass, while praying before the crucifix. He became the first Catholic priest in the history of the church to receive them. He had five wounds, in his hands, in his feet and in his side. God gave him many spiritual gifts including the gift of healing, bilocation (being in two different places at the same time), prophecy, miracles, the ability to speak in several languages, the ability to read hearts and a heavenly fragrance which emanated from his stigmatized wounds. He never sought out these gifts and did not know why God gave them to him.

    Every morning he woke up at 2:30 a.m. and began to pray the rosary and made preparations for the upcoming daily Mass. He ate very little food each day, barely enough to survive on. He heard many confessions throughout each day. Sometimes he would hear confessions 16 hours a day. People would wait two weeks to go to confession to him.

    He spent most of his time in the monastery and completely avoided listening to the radio, reading the newspaper and watching television. He warned people against watching television. In the monastery he lived a life a complete poverty and avoided attachment to possessions and other comforts.

    News about his holiness spread throughout the world and millions of people sought him out, many attending his Masses. He brought about the conversion of thousands of souls, he freed thousands of souls from purgatory and he healed many sick people. On September 23, 1968 at the age of eighty-one, he died. With millions of onlookers, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio, making him a saint on June 16, 2002.
    INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Are you ill or is a friend or relative of yours ill? Today ask Saint Padre Pio to ask God for healing for the sick. Saint Padre Pio, please pray for (state your prayer request).

    Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion:

    Stay with me, Lord.
    Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
    Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
    Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervour.
    Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
    Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
    Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
    Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
    Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
    Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
    Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
    Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it's dangers. I need You. Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
    Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
    Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
    Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
    With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen

    A Prayer to Padre Pio

    Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and venerate you. They ask for cures and healings, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you forgive.

    Through your visible wounds of the Cross, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus. Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us to bring it back in our midst, for we acknowledge it is the only true sign of salvation.

    As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, we not only remember the blood you shed in pain, but your smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, the perfume of sanctity.

    Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints. In your kindness, please help me with my own special request: (mention here your petition, and make the sign of the Cross).

    Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.."


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