The Life of Padre Pio: Between the Altar and the Confessional

The Life of Padre Pio: Between the Altar and the Confessional

by Gennaro Preziuso
     
 

Over 300,000 devotees of Padre Pio from all over the world were present in Rome on May 2, 1999 when Pope John Paul II presided over his beatification. And these were only a small fraction of those who in one way or another have been touched by this extraordinary man. Padre Pio, Capuchin priest, stigmatist and “humble friar who prays” is one of the most

Overview

Over 300,000 devotees of Padre Pio from all over the world were present in Rome on May 2, 1999 when Pope John Paul II presided over his beatification. And these were only a small fraction of those who in one way or another have been touched by this extraordinary man. Padre Pio, Capuchin priest, stigmatist and “humble friar who prays” is one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century. Among the countless writings dedicated to telling his story each year, the present biography stands out for its thoroughness and the hitherto unknown information about him which it provides. For the most part it makes use of his own diary and the sworn testimony of those who lived with him and knew him best to reconstruct the details of his long and fruitful life. Gennaro Preziuso was given extraordinary access to these materials, having collaborated in the diocesan process that studied the life and virtues of this famous Capuchin friar. He was thus able to uncover the roots of Padre Pio's profound wisdom which was honed in the crucible of suffering and nurtured by his prolonged dedication to the apostolate of the confessional where he administered the sacrament of reconciliation to countless thousands of the faithful. Written thirty years after his death, this work contains the Decree regarding the heroic virtues that characterized the life of this stigmatized priest who literally spent his days between the altar and the confessional. An Afterword makes available the talk given by Pope John Paul II on May 3, 1999 to the devotees who had come for Padre Pio's beatification.

Editorial Reviews

"Gennaro Preziuso's Life of Padre Pio is a recently published biography of the renowned Capuchin priest, stigmatist, and confessor. Preziuso's story is made more authentic by his access to the Italian monk's own diary and to the sworn testimony of those who lived with Padre Pio and those who knew him. The author combines a scholar's love for accuracy with a storyteller's instinct for the human details that make his subject accessible to readers. The result is a biography that is at once informative and entertaining." --Clare Boehmer, ASC in Review for Religious, July-August 2000

"The Life of Padre Pio (Between the Altar and the Confessional), by Journalist and Cause Advocate, Gennaro Preziuso, translated and edited by Fr. Jordan Aumann, O.P., is a thorough biography concentrating on the subject's ministry, described as literally "between the altar and the confessional." The book gives particular emphasis to the "apostolate of the confessional." Sources include Padre Pio's diary, correspondence, and sworn testimony of close associates. Includes reference to information often glossed over, e.g., Padre Pio's great love for Scripture and the proclamation of God's Holy Word. With Chronology and select reading list." --Crux of the News, February 7, 2000.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780818908316
Publisher:
Alba House
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
251
Sales rank:
709,242
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Gennaro Preziuso, journalist and author, has long studied the life and miracles of Padre Pio and is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Italian newsletter Voce del Padre Pio which keeps readers throughout the world informed about the graces received through the intercession of this holy man, “the first priest to bear the stigmata.”

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