Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

by Francesco Napolitano


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Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait by Francesco Napolitano

“My real mission will begin after my death.” These words of Padre Pio (1887-1968) proved prophetic in the years after his death. Today, he is one of the most beloved of Catholic saints.

Born in 1887 in rural Italy, young Francesco Forgione was named after the country’s patron saint, Francis of Assisi. In his desire to suffer for souls and to be more like Christ, the boy who would become known as Pio of Pietrelcina was to bear the stigmata on his body, like Francis of Assisi. Padre Pio was known for the mystical intensity of his prayer; indeed, this ability to make contact with the powerful presence of God through prayer enabled him to bless and pray with those in most need, wherever they were in the world.

Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait is a classic introduction to one of the most intriguing saints of the twentieth century—written five years after the saint’s death by someone who worked alongside the Capuchin priest and knew him well. Now in print in English for the first time in more than forty years, this book will bring Padre Pio’s words and works to a new audience eager to learn of his mysticism and miracles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632531360
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 09/16/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 643,865
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Fr. Francesco Napolitano knew and worked with Padre Pio, and so provides an intimate look at one of the most beloved of Capuchin saints. This book was written just five years after the saint’s death, published in Italian in 1978, and now brought back into print forty years later.

Table of Contents

Foreword Fr. Bryan Shortall ix

Foreword to the Original Edition Fr. Pietro Tartaglia xiii

Chapter 1 Francesco Forgione 1

Chapter 2 World War I 12

Chapter 3 The Stigmata 17

Chapter 4 Padre Pio's Mass 27

Chapter 5 His Priestly Ministry 36

Chapter 6 End of a Spiritual Direction 47

Chapter 7 The Man of Suffering 54

Chapter 8 Providence Opens Hearts 61

Chapter 9 Pastoral Joys 69

Chapter 10 Prodigious Cures 79

Chapter 11 The Prayer Groups 88

Chapter 12 The Crucible of Tribulation 92

Chapter 13 Padre Pio's Aroma 98

Chapter 14 Bilocation 105

Chapter 15 Padre Pio's Sense of Humor 113

Chapter 16 Padre Pio and the Madonna 123

Chapter 17 The Last Anniversary of the Stigmata 130

Chapter 18 Padre Pio's Last Mass 134

Chapter 19 Serene Transition 138

Chapter 20 Death, Sorrow, Tears 142

Chapter 21 The Dawn of Glorification 150

Afterword 155

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