Awesome pic of St. Padre Pio smiling!!!"De nada vale a fé sem obras." (Santo Padre Pio de Pietrelcina) "Anime-se porque a mão de Deus que o sustenta é forte!" (Santo Padre Pio de Pietrelcina) Receive "Daily Thoughts of Padre Pio". Visit www.padrepiogroup.org.
Pio of Pietrelcina O.F.M. Cap. (1887- 1968), known as Padre Pio, was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
St Padre Pio’s visions of the souls in Purgatory In May, 1922, Padre Pio testified the following to the Bishop of Melfi, His Excellency Alberto Costa and also the superior of the friary, Padre Lorenzo of San Marco along with 5 other friars. One of the five friars, Fra Alberto D' Apolito of San Giovanni Rotondo wrote down the account as follows: "While in the friary on a winter afternoon after a heavy snowfall, he was sitting by the fireplace one evening in