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10 Fascinating facts about St. Padre Pio


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Philip Kosloski - published on 02/28/21

St. Padre Pio's life is full of interesting stories that should encourage us in the spiritual life.

St. Padre Pio was arguably one of the most popular saints of the 20th century, and his legacy continues to the present day. His life is a treasure-trove of spiritual wisdom and remarkable facts.

Here are 10 such facts from Padre Pio’s life and how they can encourage us in the spiritual life.

  1. Padre Pio was known as a “nerd” during childhood
  2. St. Padre Pio sent penitents on this holy (and terrifying) pilgrimage
  3. Couple praises Padre Pio’s recipe for a happy marriage
  4. Padre Pio’s powerful words of advice when a pandemic hit Italy
  5. Padre Pio built a hospital for a profound spiritual reason
  6. How Padre Pio stopped Allied forces from bombing his monastery during WWII
  7. Padre Pio’s daily prayer to his Guardian Angel
  8. Padre Pio’s secret weapon against the evils in the world today
  9. Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
  10. Padre Pio says God is “obliged” to answer this type of prayer


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