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WATCH: Rare Footage of a Day in the Life of Padre Pio

Arthur Herlin - published on 06/08/16

Mass, confessions, lunch ... Discover how this saint lived in this exceptional video

Accompanied by his Capuchin friars, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (commonly known as Padre Pio) lived very long days, as evidenced by this film dating back to 1950. The saint worked up to 19 hours a day, every day. In total, an estimated 20 million people attended his Masses and five million people confessed their sins to him.

About the solemn Mass celebrated on the 50th anniversary of his reception of the stigmata on September 22, 1968, Padre Pio said, “Fifty years of religious life, fifty years nailed to the cross, fifty years of devouring fire for you, Lord, for beings whom thou hast redeemed.”

That same evening he received Extreme Unction and died a few hours later, at 2:30 a.m.

This video and text originally appeared in Aleteia’s French edition

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