Padre Pio

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Padre Pio (Father Pio), born Francesco Frocione (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), canonized as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was a Franciscan monk and priest, born in Pietrelcina. Padre Pio was said to have a stigmata of all five wounds of Christ for 50 years, but it disappeared 3 days before his death.[1] Padre Pio died in 1968. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.[2]

Photos of the stigmata of Padre Pio are available on the internet today. Multiple physicians examined his stigmata and were unable to identify a natural cause. X-rays of his hands, for example, were normal.


  1. Padre Pio and the Stigmata. 1 April 2007. <>
  2. Padre Pio - Miracle Worker. 16 June 2002. 1 April 2007. <>