The Last Mass of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) died on September 23, 1968 after having lived a saintly life. The day before his death St. Pio of Pietrelcina celebrated in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcino, Italy. Raised in a pious Catholic family, Francesco entered the friary in 1903 and one year later received the Capuchin habit, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest and transferred to several sites until 1916, when he arrived in San Giovanni Rotondo, where he remained for the last 52 years of his life.

Padre Pio is admired for his fervant love of Christ and the Virgin Mary and is known as the great mystic of modern times.

He experienced a wide variety of supernatural abilities and miraculous events including: the reading of souls; prophecy; bilocation (being in two places at once); the odor of sanctity; discernment of spirits; living on very little sleep; miraculous healings; personal visits from Jesus and Mary; and daily communication with his guardian angel.

Padre Pio’s most famous spiritual gift is the stigmata, which he received in 1918 while praying before a crucifix. He is said to have bled from the five wounds of Christ for the rest of his life, which caused him great suffering and embarrassment.

Because of Padre Pio’s great holiness and gifts, the devil is said to have waged war on the friar throughout his life, which included physical attacks resulting in cuts, bruises and other visible marks.

Padre Pio was devoted to all those who sought his help, but he was especially devoted to the souls in purgatory. He once said, “More souls of the dead from purgatory, than of the living, climb this mountain to attend my Masses and seek my prayers.”

In 1940, Padre Pio began plans to open a hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo, to be named the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza or Home for the Relief of Suffering. The hospital opened in 1956, and is considered one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe.

In 1956, construction began on a new church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to accommodate the many pilgrims who came to visit Padre Pio. Designed by Giuseppe Gentile Boiano, the church was consecrated by the Bishop of Foggia in 1959. This church remains the central focus of the sanctuary today.

In 1962, Bishop Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II, wrote to Padre Pio to ask him to pray to God for Dr. Wanda Poltawska, a friend in Poland who was suffering from cancer. Later, Dr. Poltawska’s cancer was found to have regressed; medical professionals were unable to offer an explanation for the regression. It is also rumored that during this time that Padre Pio had predicted Wojtyła would become Pope.

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  1. I had forgotten a pilgrimage I made to San Giovanni Rotundo in 1988 to visit basilica and shrine. This is a very moving video, and very beautiful and I am delighted to be able to view it today and to remember his life and his exceptional gifts and abilities. I t is all the more significant as it was taken on or during his last
    Mass. Thank you to this web site and page for article and video.

  2. This video is a blessing for us who did not get any chance to hear St Pio’s Mass. Wishing to be as holy as he was, as God called every faithful to holiness. May St Pio intercede for us.
    Thanks for featuring St Pio, for the video and for the article.
    God bless you all,
    (“,)

  3. Incredible. Inspiring. My Faith is renewed. I must learn more about Saint Padre Pio and his incredible life that was devoted to Christ.

  4. St. Pio please pray for us. Tnajs for the manyblessing we received through you intercession. With please bring the soul of My Nanay Irene into heaven as she comemorate today her passed away in this earth. Thanks you

  5. Dear St. Pio, I have loved reading about you over the years. Please pray for me. Please give me the strength of faith I need. I know if I trust in God anything is possible. I learned that from you.

  6. I have loved reading about you over the years. Please pray for me. Please give me the strength of faith I need. I know if I trust in God anything is possible. I learned that from you. Pls, pray for me pls.

  7. Comment:saint padre pio pray for me that i may live an holy life that would please God forever,gifts more than those that ave been granted to you,pray for me on my admission,miraculous grant more than my expectation,many more i ask.

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