September 23rd The Feast of St. Pio
Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a one of the greatest saints of our time in the Roman Catholic Church. He was born Francesco Forgione, and given the name Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capuchins, thus he became popularly known as Padre Pio. He became famous for bearing the stigmata, bi-locating and the gift of healing. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.
For many Catholics – St. Pio is among the greatest of saints who they feel is constantly interceding on their behalf. Conor Deane speaks with 2 women; Dr. Caoimhe Doyle about her devotion to St. Pio and it’s origin and to a mother of 3 children Yvonne Kelly about why she has suddenly turned to St. Pio.
In “I first heard of…”
Out “…thank you very much.”