Sunday, 23 September 2018

# Saints

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina


The 23rd of September is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968). He is the patron saint of civil defence volunteers, adolescents, Pietrelcina, stress relief, January blues, and Italy and Malta.

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.


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