Who Was Padre Pio, and Why Is He the Cause of Such Controversy?
Peter Popham Rome Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
The big question
Why ask this now?
Because yesterday the corpse of the vastly popular saint was exhibited to his devotees, for the first time since his death in September 1968.
Who was he, and why should we care?
An uneducated Capuchin friar from the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in the Gargano peninsula of Puglia, southern Italy, Padre Pio became the most charismatic holy man in the modern history of the Catholic Church, widely hailed as a saint during his lifetime and credited with at least 1,000 miracle cures. The most famous signs of his claimed sanctity were the stigmata - the Christ-like wounds that he bore in the palms of his hands and his …
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