St. Pio of Pietrelcina became a saint on June 16, 2002. St. Pio was a miracle worker who touched the hearts of children and adults. He had the five wounds of Jesus for fifty years which was called the stigmata. St. Pio also spoke with his Guardian Angel and bilocated to different areas of the world. Bilocation is the ability to be at two places at the same time. He also had the gift of prophecy, the gift of speaking other languages, healing the sick and the ability to see into the souls of all the individuals that came into the confessional. This humble Saint had great love and respect for children.
St. Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. It is located in the southern part of Italy.
MESSENGER OF LOVE AND PEACE, ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA: A CHILDREN'S BIOGRAPHY is a book which chronicles the life of St. Pio. Throughout the book, we follow St. Pio from a happy childhood in Pietrelcina, Italy, to seminarian study with the Capuchin Order in 1903 and his ordination to the priesthood in 1910. We feel his emotions when St. Pio goes back to Pietrelcina to prepare for his religious role and attends to his health needs. The biography shows St. Pio’s brief military career during World War II and the frustrations the ailing Stigmatist went through.
We also share the event of September 20, 1918. St. Pio received the five wounds of Jesus on that day. The stigmatist lived with the five wounds until his death in 1968.
His fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy was used to bring people back to our Lord. St. Pio was truly a man of God. He died on September 23, 1968. Millions of people mourned his passing.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina was a holy priest, sought after confessor, miracle worker and founder of the Home for the Relief of Suffering.