The Theban Legion
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses at Holy Cross 2020 Survey

St. Padre Pio


Certainly a controversial figure even in his lifetime, Padre Pio's reputation was embraced by recent popes enabling his path to canonization. Perhaps most difficult for church authorities to consider were his stigmata, especially allegations that he induced them chemically. His simplicity, prayerfulness, compassion for the suffering and obedience are examples of faith whether or not we experience miraculous physical manifestations of our intentions.