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Padre Pio The Miraculous Monk

Nell has been an online writer for over eight years and is fascinated by the paranormal, including omens, time slips and the supernatural.

Padre Pio

Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio.

Padre Pio or Francesco Forgione was born on May 25 1887 in Pietrelcina Italy. Throughout his years on earth he was a priest, friar, mystic and stigmatist.

After his death he was eventually made a Saint in 1997.

But what was it about this remarkable man that made him so special?

In 1917 a General Luigi Cadorna, Chief of the Italian General Staff, was in total despair after his armies defeat by the Germans in Slovenia.

As he was sitting in his tent, he held a gun to his head, contemplating suicide. Suddenly a monk appeared before him and yelled 'Don't be stupid'! Then the monk completely vanished!

The general was stunned, but put it down to exhaustion. But many years later after the first world war, the general paid a visit to the church of San Giovanni Rotondo in Central Italy.

To his total astonishment, he came face to face with a monk who he recognized. It was the monk who had appeared in his tent.

Even more amazing was the fact that the monk smiled and said 'You had a lucky escape my friend'!

The general was stunned! He knew that the monk hadn't really been in his tent in the flesh so to speak. So how on earth...?

Pare Pio

Pare Pio

The Sign of Stigmata.

The monk was Padre Pio. He was a humble peasant priest who became famous for working miracles, being clairvoyant and carrying stigmata.

And what made the story of the general so remarkable was the fact that for the enitre duration of the war, Padre Pio had never left his friary.

His story is an amazing tale of faith poverty and prayer. He was born in the village of pietrecina near benevento, in 1887.

He was the son of a poor farmer, and at the age of 17 he entered a Capuchin monastery. For 11 years he went quietly about his duties and studied diligently.

Then something happened. On September 20 1915, he complained of pains in his feet, right side, and hands.

Doctors could find nothing wrong with him, but on September 20 1918 exactly three years to the day after feeling ill he collapsed in agony at the altar of the church at Foggia.

His fellow monks found him unconscious and bleeding from his hands feet and side. And to their astonishment realized that he was bleeding the same wounds as Jesus on the Cross.

Saint Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio

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San Giovanni Rotondo Church

Remarkable video of this amazing real life Saint. Padre Pio.

The Miracles Begin.

After being examined by many doctors, Padre Pio could not explain what had happened. In fact he was as puzzled as the doctors.

At this time it was regarded as a miracle, and of course many still believe it today. Modern Doctors however believe that auto suggestion is involved. This being that the person in question is so religious that they somehow bring on the stigmata themselves.

The Roman Catholic church has put forward three probably causes for stigmata.

Divine revelation, diabolic intervention or conscious or unconscious suggestion.

Whatever the cause, Padre Pio's name became famous for his miracles and he traveled throughout the Catholic world giving kind words healing and gentle confession.

The wonderful thing about this kind man is that he never tried to capitalize on the strange phenomenon of his stigmata. In fact he did the total opposite. He would keep away from crowds, Avoiding the public, and if there was any hint of notoriety he would disappear until it died down.

In fact when he went out he would always wear gloves to hide the stigmata.

But word soon got out and to his surprise money started pouring in for him and in 1956 a hospital was opened at Foggia, costing 1 million pounds. Paid for by all the donations.

Padre Pio and his stigmata.

Padre Pio and his stigmata.

The Story of Padre Pio The Miracle Priest

Padre Pio Seen In Two Places At Once.

Padre Pio's home village of Pietrelcina also began to prosper because pilgrims began to flock to his birth place.

He was suspended twice from his duties by the Vatican because his fame was becoming an embarrassment to the Church. Which is kind of ironic.

There was so much money sent to him that the Church vowed that all the money would be willed to the Holy See.

Thinking that would slow down the fame, they left him alone. But they didn't allow for the fact that his clairvoyance and other powers were becoming stronger.

For an example of Padre Pio's clairvoyance, we have to look at what happened on January 20 1936.

Three men visiting the friary were soon approached by Padre Pio. The Padre said 'Please pray with me for a soul who is soon to appear before the tribunal of God'.

The men were puzzled but obeyed. They were then told by the priest that they had in fact been praying for King George V of England, who had died at the exact time of their prayer!

Another tale of padre Pio shows that once again he appeared to be in two places at once.

In 1942, the Archbishop of Montevideo Uruguay, was woken up late at night by a Capuchin monk. Who told him to quickly go to the bedside of Damiani.

When the Archbishop got there, Damiani was dead. But by the bed was a piece of paper on which was written, 'Padre Pio was here'.

It wasn't until a few years later that the archbishop actually met Padre Pio. And he recognized him straight away! It was the same monk who had appeared to him many years before, then disappeared! And of course Padre Pio once again had not even left the monastery.

Padre Pio died on September 28 1968. And was canonized on 16th June 2002.

Padre Pio Incorruptible.

Padre Pio Incorruptible.

'Pray Hope and don't Worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your Prayer'.

'Don't allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely'

'Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue'.

'If you should fail, be humble, make a resolution to be submissive to God's will and then get up and carry on.'

'Remember that he who flees from temptation, wins!'

Padre Pio Quotes

Padre Pio Quotes

Saint Padre Pio. 1887 - 1968

Padre Pio was exhumed in 2008 and was found to be partially incorruptible. In plain English this means that his body was still intact. Evidently part of his skull and body were in bad condition but the rest was still as it was in life.

The face that you see in the photo of him laying in state, is in fact a recent photo of him in an Incorruptible state. The face has been added to with silicone wax to make a mask.

Of course as Padre Pio only died in 1968 he was buried after being preserved in formaldehyde and sealed in an airtight tomb.

Incorruptible? Probably not. Only those in the past who are preserved without any help at all can be called by that word.

But that doesn't matter. This man has thousands upon thousands of people who revere and worship him. They believe in his miracles and his clairvoyance. He was a remarkable man.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on March 04, 2019:

Wow! you keep your hands on it Paula! or of course sell it for lots of dollars, lol! sounds fascinating!

Suzie from Carson City on March 01, 2019:

Nell.....Of course I really enjoy stories like this one. You told this so well. My mother had an older book on the life of Padre Pio, which I inherited into my library. I wrote recently to a collector as to the value of this book (& others that I've had passed on to me) The response I got was better news than I had expected. The Collector strongly suggested that I allow an antique dealer to examine the book and appraise it, then add it to my Home Owner's Insurance! She also suggested I specify this book in my will as to whom I'm leaving it to, although she hoped I would consider a reputable, licensed museum. I was rather shocked the book has such value.

For a change, Nell, I actually knew about someone you wrote about prior to reading your hub!,,,,speaking of miracles! Peace, Paula

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2019:

Thanks as always Tim :)

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 28, 2019:

Hi, Nell, superb write up on this father. The Catholic church can be snail-like in approving saints, but I'm glad this man obtained that status. Wonderful stories about him. Thank you for a well written and thoughtful article.

Much respect,


Nell Rose (author) from England on February 17, 2018:

hi Mary, really? Wow! How amazing! thanks

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 16, 2018:

I have been to Padre Pio's Church and he has done many miracles. It takes long for the Church to declare people saints. A lot of work is entailed that unless someone is prepared to do it, many saints just don't make it. The important thing is he is a saintly man and people affirm that.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 21, 2017:

Thanks Peggy, he is a fascinating man, and interesting to see how people react to him. thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 21, 2017:

Thanks Peggy, he is a fascinating man, and interesting to see how people react to him. thanks as always.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 21, 2017:

It was very informative reading about Padre Pio and the fact of his being declared a saint. Some of the comments on this post are also interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 09, 2017:

Thank you so much Christy! and always good to see you!

Christy Birmingham on August 09, 2017:

He DOES sound otherworldly! This is my first time hearing of this monk~ Your writing is high quality as always, Nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 03, 2017:

Hi Shauna, no, I tried to find some more photos but no luck. I just would like to believe it, but human nature is a funny thing, real or not? lol!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 03, 2017:

Interesting story, Nell. I've never heard of Padre Pio - not even when I was in Catholic school. The stigmata is such a mystery. I wish I could see his hands better. It looks like dried blood, but that can be washed off. I wonder if his hands, feet and side have birthmark-looking marks. Have you seen any close-ups of his "wounds"?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 27, 2017:

Thanks Lawrence, that is fascinating! never knew that, I will have to read some more, thanks!

Lawrence Hebb on March 26, 2017:


Great hub, one that raises some interesting questions.

There is another explanation for the 'appearances'

There is an ancient Jewish belief that a person's 'guardian' Angel can take on human form, there are many stories where people met Angels masquerading as people.

It's another possibility.



Nell Rose (author) from England on March 07, 2017:

Thanks Vellur, yes he was amazing wasn't he? thanks for reading.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 05, 2017:

Padre Pio is amazing. Never heard of him before but he seems to have been a man with some divine gift. Interesting read, thank you for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2017:

Hi Karine, thanks for reading, he is fascinating isn't he?

Karine Gordineer from Upstate New York on March 01, 2017:

Very interesting and well-researched Nell. Thank you for your article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2017:

Thanks suzette, glad you like it, yes he is pretty special isn't he? thanks for reading.

suzettenaples on March 01, 2017:

Really good write on Padre Pio. I was brought up Catholic and learned about him what you write here. Were they miracles? It depends on what you believe. Stigmata has always been interesting to me. St Francis of Assisi was another who was suppose to have experienced stigmata. Does it really happen? It appears so from the photo of Padre Pio. I guess it comes down to what one believes. Well done, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2017:

Thanks Alicia, he was a fascinating character that's for sure! lol! thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 01, 2017:

Thanks Cam, yes I know what you mean. You can never prove it either way. Thanks for reading.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on March 01, 2017:

I love stories like this that throw everybody off balance, religious and nonreligious. The fact that he never capitalized on these things makes him even more of a mystery. Very good article, Nell.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 28, 2017:

This is a very interesting article, Nell. Whatever the explanation for the strange events, the story of Padre Pio's life is fascinating.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Hi Audrey, yes he was so amazing, and its lovely to see the old film of him too. thanks so much for reading.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 28, 2017:

Such a fascinating story! Really an amazing man

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Hi Audrey, thanks so much! I do love writing about these fascinating people, and Padre Pio is a really amazing man!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 28, 2017:

What an enlightening story this is. As powerful as the mind is I have to wonder if it can actually influence the body to this degree. I have a feeling this happens more than we realize. Interesting. You've done a marvelous job here Nell. Enjoyed this very much!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Hi Ruby, thanks so much! I do love writing about these sort of things, they make me think! always good to see you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Thanks MsDora, I am so glad you liked it, and thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Thanks Meg, yes I had heard of him before, but only vaguely, thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Thanks as always Jackie, I must admit its not something I really think about, but I do believe that there are others who can show this as a sign from God, not a bad thing I think.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Lol! that's okay Nancy! how fascinating about the Mr. clean! you never know, it could well be true! thanks so much for reading.

Nancy Owens from USA on February 28, 2017:

Hello! This is a very nice piece. It's amazing to think that God can use people to help others in times of need. When my daughter had an auto accident, she told me later that Mr. Clean was in the back seat while the car was rolling, holding onto both of them to keep them from flying out.

Later, when we jokingly told a counselor about it, the counselor suggested that maybe God sent an angle in the form of Mr. Clean so they would automatically trust him instead of being afraid.

So that was a lot of food for thought.

I've never been to Italy, but when doing crafts, I sometimes come out with and Italian flare, comparable to stuff you might find in the Tuscan country side.

Sorry to be such a windbag!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 28, 2017:

Yes, I think I have but I could be thinking of someone similar. Whether priests or not there have been several others who have had the wounds of Christ that could not be disproved. I am sure if this man was a real man of God he did not look for glory for himself.

Sometimes satan is thought to bring these things on men to lesson the importance in man's eye of the shed blood of Christ being the only One whose blood covers sin for salvation. There is also the fact that by His stripes (being beaten) we can obtain healing through faith. Just thought I would mention that for we not only can have everlasting life but healing here on earth through the sacrificed body of Christ.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 28, 2017:

Very interesting story. Some people can do things that the rest of us cannot even dream of! I had heard of him vaguely but not in the detail you have given.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 28, 2017:

What an exceptional life! There must be something extraordinary about him. Seems he took his call to ministry seriously and received divine gifts necessary to fulfill his earthly mission. Thanks for telling his story.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 28, 2017:

Nell this is an amazing story. I'm sure some will scoff, but his wounds are unmistakable. I have never heard of this man. It takes someone like you to write story's that inspire us to believe in something that's really unexplainable. Keep writing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

LOL! yep it would me to! Haha! Thanks Bill!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 28, 2017:

I thought of being a priest once...even did research...but that whole celibacy thing stopped me in my tracks. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Thanks Flourish, yes I know, its a bit odd isn't it? Not sure if I believe in him or not, but he is a fascinating man, thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2017:

Thanks phoenix, I hadn't heard of him before either, fascinating man, thanks for reading, nell

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on February 28, 2017:

Fascinating. I've never heard of this man and I thank you for sharing his story with us.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 27, 2017:

It's odd they dug him up and couldn't let his remains just rest. Very interesting story. The power of suggestion can be very strong; not sure what went on here. Great topic and article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2017:

Thanks Jackie, had you heard of him before? thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2017:

Yes I know Oztinato, isn't it exciting? I love quantum physics, so this is awesome! thanks so much for reading.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 27, 2017:

I think much of this has happened and not recorded nor a big deal made of it and I think maybe you have written of such things before like this, but to me it is through the Holy Spirit and possible to anyone using faith. The bible teaches us to not make a big deal of it really for it is through God's power and only He deserves the glory.

Jesus would be in a crowd and simply disappear or go through a wall or be somewhere a good distance off in no time. I believe he did nothing that is not possible to us but it takes a certain life most of us are not willing to live...not even most priests and reverends, etc. We must live more in the spirit than the flesh.

Very interesting. Thanks.

Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on February 27, 2017:

Bilocation has now been proven by new physics research. It occurs on the quantum level and between entangled particles separated by miles.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2017:

Thanks John, yes he was a fascinating man, thanks as always.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 27, 2017:

Nell, thank you for sharing the story of this amazing man. Padre Pio was certainly entitled to have been made a saint. Great hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2017:

Thanks Savvy, I had heard of him before, but just couldn't resist writing about him, he is so fascinating! thanks for reading.

savvydating on February 27, 2017:

My understanding is that the stigmata (wounds) were horribly painful, though the good Padre never complained. Furthermore, although donations were made to the Padre, he did not gain from the money in any way. He was the humblest of men. Love this story, Nell.

Padre Pio's life is even more remarkable than what you have touched on here. Books about him are definitely worthwhile reads.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 27, 2017:

Hi Martie, yes Padre Pio is famous, he is all over the internet, and of course now a Saint. as you say is it purely suggestion? I do think a lot of what people around him talk about him is pure psychology though. as in, 'we knew he was in the room' when he clearly wasn't and so on! I think we believe what we want to. I do believe in Bernadette Soubirous was real, not sure about Padre Pio. but I hope I am wrong about him, thanks so much for reading.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 27, 2017:

What a remarkable story! I immediately thought 'auto suggestion', and once again realized how powerful the human brain is. Of course, everybody will not agree with me. Whatever, this is remarkable and needs to be recorded. One day the truth about these miraculous happenings will be known to all.

Thanks for an interesting read, Nell!

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