Why Padre Pio?

We celebrate his feast day on Sept. 23. Padre Pio (1887–1968) - the Italian friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic - is one of the most famous of our 20th-century saints. We can chalk that up to his stigmata - the wounds of Christ visible on his hands, feet, and side.

But why Padre Pio? And what does his stigmata mean for us? Also, you may be surprised to learn where the majority of people came from who came to visit him in San Giovanni Rotondo.

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