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Saint Padre Pio

Also known as Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio.
Born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887, in Naples, Italy, Francesco changed his name to Pio, which means "Pius," when he entered the Capuchin monastery at age 16. Padre Pio began experiencing the stigmata—a condition characterized by pain, open wounds, or blood appearing in the same places on the body where Jesus was impaled with nails and a thorny crown. The stigmata wounds and blood remained visible for the next 50 years.

Many have verified miraculous healings associated with Padre Pio, both during his mortal life and beyond. He's renowned for helping the blind to see and healing various injuries and seemingly incurable ailments. During his life, Padre Pio was able to bilocate, levitate, and accurately predict the future. He also founded a hospital and a series of prayer groups.

Saint Padre Pio is a very spirited divinity with a lot of enthusiasm, joy and a persona that reveals his deep faith and optimism. He has an infectious and optimistic outlook, and just by calling him, you're likely to feel uplifted.

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During his life, Padre Pio performed many healings from his confessional booth. He asked people to admit the true underlying source of their pain aloud. You can do the same while calling upon Padre Pio for intercession. He helps people of all religions and creeds equally. An example of an invocation might be:

"Beloved Saint Padre Pio, please help me to [describe the situation]. I admit that this problem has stirred up disturbing feelings such as [name whatever emotions you can]. I'm willing to completely forgive myself and the others in this situation, and I ask that you help me do so. Please help me reveal light, love, and forgiveness. Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Saint Padre Pio. Amen."