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Padre Pio Under Investigation: The Secret Vatican Files

Padre Pio Under Investigation: The Secret Vatican Files

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by Francesco Castelli
     
 

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On June 14, 1921, a priest knocks at the convent in San Giovanni Rotondo. He is in his early forties and wears a simple cassock, but he is no ordinary priest. He is Bishop Raffaello Carlo Rossi, future cardinal and the Apostolic Visitor sent by the Holy Office to secretly investigate Padre Pio.

The Bishop Inquisitor remains with the Capuchin Brothers for eight

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On June 14, 1921, a priest knocks at the convent in San Giovanni Rotondo. He is in his early forties and wears a simple cassock, but he is no ordinary priest. He is Bishop Raffaello Carlo Rossi, future cardinal and the Apostolic Visitor sent by the Holy Office to secretly investigate Padre Pio.

The Bishop Inquisitor remains with the Capuchin Brothers for eight days, interrogating and recording depositions. He also interviews Padre Pio himself and examins the mysterious wounds of Christ that he bears on his body.

After gathering all the evidence, the Inquisitor sketches his own evaluation of Padre Pio, which includes his reasons for believing that the stigmata are of divine origin. He sends his report and the depositions to Rome, where they stay buried for nearly a century. Now, forty years after the saint's death, these exceptional documents are published in their entirety, thanks to the skillful research of Father Francesco Castelli.

The documents in this book reveal every aspect of Padre Pio's life from his amazing supernatural gifts to his health. In his depositions, he admits, under oath, to the phenomenon of bi-location and to other supernatural charisms, and for the first time tells the detailed story of his stigmatization. Also included are letters from his spiritual father and a chronology of his life.

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ISBN-13:
9781586174057
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
311
Sales rank:
532,666
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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PeterJohn411 More than 1 year ago
Early issues with e-book format fixed. This book will not only be of interest to Catholics interested in Padre Pio, but to anyone interested in the process the Vatican uses to validate miracles. It essentially tells of a Papal emissary sent to San Giovanni Rotundo in italy to investigate claims that Padre Pio (Father Francisco Forgione, by given name) manifested stigmata. Two things strike me most about the story. First, how dedicated the official sent was to proving Padre Pio's affliction either a fraud or explained some other way.There is no room for confirmation bias here, but a bias against the claims, exacerbated by Padre Pio's initial disinterest in dealing with him. The other is Padre Pio's reluctance to discuss it, not so much with the emissary, but with anyone. It kept him in terrible pain, and he considered it extremely personal -- not a cause for publicity. To this day Padre Pio remains the only Priest validated to manifest all five marks of the stigmata, and this book suggests he had an additional mark on his shoulder, as if from chafing from carrying a cross. The description of the wounds in this book make it clear they could not have been self-inflicted. He was canonized St. Pio of Pietrelcina under Pope John Paul II, who met him early in his (JPII's) priestly (as opposed to papal) ministry.Any detailed rankings I put low involve the nature of the audience. Writing quality probably has to do with it as a product of translation, and faithfulness to documents.
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