Saturday 23 September 2017

# Saints

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

The 23rd of September is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. He is the patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, Pietrelcina, stress relief, January blues, and Italy and Malta.

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina lived between 1887 till 1968. His parents were peasant farmers in Southern Italy. At the age of 5 he decided to dedicate his life to God completely. He joined the Capuchin Franciscan friars when he was 19 years old. He is known for his many spiritual gifts and miracles. He was known to bilocate, levitate, read souls, have stigmata, and healed people physically by touch. People flocked to see him especially to hear their confession.  He died at 81 years old and was canonised in 2002 by Pope Saint John Paul II.