Know PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 14:31:10 +0530
In preparation for the Feast of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on 23rd September 2010 here is a brief entitled KNOW PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA along with the attached Photo.
The Feast will be celebrated on 23/09/2010 at the Holy Family Cathedral - Kuwait, with the Holy Eucharist Celebration at 6.30 pm. All devotees and faithful are kindly invited to take note.
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KNOW SAINT PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA
Birth: Padre Pio (Francesco Forgione) was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, in the small farming town of Pietrelcina, Italy on 25th May, 19887. Although the Forgiones were poor in material goods, they were certainly rich in their faith life and in the love of God. Padre Pio suffered from poor health his entire life, once sayin that his health had been declining from the time he was nine years old.
Entry into OFMCap: When Francesco was fifteen years old, he was admitted to the novitiate of the Capuchin Order of the Friars Minor in Morcone, Italy. After his ordination to the priesthood, he remained in his hometown of Pietrelcina and was separated from his religious community for more than five years due to his precarious health. Although the cause of his prolonged and debilitating illnesses remained a mystery to his doctors, Padre Pio did not become discouraged.
Priesthood: On August 10, 1910, at the age of twenty-three, Padre Pio was ordained to the priesthood. The celebration of the Holy Mass was for Padre Pio, the center of his spirituality.The parish priest in Pietrelcina called Padre Pio’s Mass, “an incomprehensible mystery.” When asked to shorten his Mass, Padre Pio replied, “God knows that I want to say Mass just like any other priest, but I cannot do it.” He loved to pray as many as thirty-five complete rosaries each day and recommended it to others. Like Saint John Mary Vianney, the holy Curé of Ars, Padre Pio spent over twelve hours per day in the confessional box, to hear confessions, and he often told the penitents in advance all the sins they had committed. Padre Pio could read into consciences.
Stigmata: “ The marks of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, appeared on Padre Pio’s body, on Friday, September 20, 1918, while he was praying before a crucifix and making his thanksgiving after Mass. He was thirty-one years old and became the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. With resignation and serenity, he bore the painful wounds in his hands, feet, and side for fifty years. A few minutes after his death, they mysteriously vanished.
Death: Serene and well prepared, he surrendered to Sister Death at the age of eighty-one.He died as he had lived, with his Rosary in his hands. His last words were Gesú, Maria – Jesus, Mary - which he repeated over and over until he breathed his last. He had often declared, “After my death I will do more. My real mission will begin after my death.”
Sainthood: In one of the largest liturgies in the Vatican’s history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio on June 16, 2002. “Prayer and charity–this is the most concrete nthesis of Padre Pio’s teaching,” the Pope said.
Exposition: The body of a controversial mystical monk who became a saint was on 24th Apirl, 2008 exhumed from his grave 40 years after his death and his corpse was said to be “intact”. Padre Pio claimed to suffer from stigmata or the wounds of Christ - i.e. holes in his hands and feet where the nails were used at the Crucifixion and was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002. He enjoyed a massive following with thousands visiting him and even today, years after his death he has millions of devotees around the world.
Shrine: The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, where St. Pio lived & Died, drawing approximately eight million pilgrims each year, is second-most visited Catholic shrine only in the world, to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in its number of annual visitors. It centers on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick, and supernatural gifts. The city today is best known for the Shrine of Padre Pio, which centers on his tomb inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie). Here you can also see his cell, his confessional, the crucifix from which he received the stigmata, and nearly everything he owned or touched, carefully preserved and labeled. body has been in the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie since he was interred there in 1968. On 19th April, 2010 St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s body was moved into the new Church named for him “St. Pio Church”, adjacent to his previous resting place on the Monastery grounds.
Address: Shrine of Padre Pio; Sanctuario San Padre Pio - 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia, Italy.
Phone: +32 0882 417 214 ; Website: www.teleradiopadrepio.it & www.conventopadrepio.com