- Jul 7, 2020
A house in Ohio where a woman with the stigmata lived and died continues to draw believers.
Pope Francis reminds faithful to imitate Saint Padre Pio, the famous stigmatic Capuchin, during his visit to his birthlace in southern Italy on the 50th anniversary of his death.
By visiting a hospital and sanctuary founded by Padre Pio next Saturday, Pope Francis will highlight the complicated way the Church thinks about suffering.
Padre Pio is one of the most popular saints of the 20th century, above all in Italy, despite skepticism from elites and strong opposition from many Church officials — illustrating that Catholicism may not be a democracy, but there is a degree of ‘people power’ after all.