Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Padre Pio of Petralcina

Padre Pio was born on 25 May 1887 in Petrelcina (Benevento, Italy), as Francesco Forgione, with Sun in Gemini & Moon in Cancer, Ascendant in Scorpio (3.4.8), Pluto conjunct the Sun (Pluto Power) and died on 23 September 1968. He is a Catholic saint, recentlly canonized and most famous for his non-ordinary powers and miraculous or controversial stories. 

In 1818 he had his first stigmata, which remained for the rest of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata was said to smell of perfume (odor of sanctity). He acquired great popularity as a miraculous healer and for other skills, such as bilocation, soul reading and foreseeing. He would hear confessions or celebrate a mass in the church, while at the same time visiting sick people or hearing confessions in other places. 

Padre Pio had the capacity to direct healing energy by sending a part of himself in a multidimensional frequency, which allowed him to be seen in ordinary reality. This, as well as other Padre Pio’s gifts, was the result of an impeccable discipline and a devoted adherence to the web of life, which was, and is, constantly misunderstood in his ordinary environment. His main focus was towards the relief of human pain, and in this respect his major pragmatic acheviement was the manifestation of the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home to Relieve Suffering), a large hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo, which is currently considered one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe. 

In 1962, Karol Wojtyła (the later pope John Paul II) wrote to Padre Pio to ask him to pray to God for a friend in Poland who was suffering from cancer. As a result the cancer regressed with medical professionals being unable to offer an explanation for the regression. During that time Padre Pio predicted that Wojtyła would someday become pope. 

Due to his non-ordinary powers, the Church carried out various investigations and was at one point banned from celebrating masses in public, receiving visitors, or talking to women alone. He was charged of faking miracles, exploiting people’s credulity and having sex with women in the confessional box. 

He was also regularly ridiculed, despised and offended by several church officials and authorities. Nevertheless Padre Pio was generally regarded as exceptionally holy even during his lifetime. 

See below some rare documents on Padre Pio.

He died in 1968 and in 1982 the Church opened investigations to discover whether he should be considered a saint. After various delvelopments Padre Pio was officially declared a saint in 2002. Half a million people attended the announcement ceremony.

See below the complete movie Padre Pio Miracle Man (1999) with subtitles in English.

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