Born into a pious family at Pietrelcina in Italy, Francesco Forgione joined the Capuchin Friars in 1903, took the name Brother Pio and was ordained in 1910. On the morning of September 20, 1918, while praying before the Crucifix, Padre Pio received the gift of the Stigmata. Despite the wounds, he committed himself to relieving the pain of many, particularly through the Home for the Relief of Suffering. With love of God and neighbor, Padre Pio lived his vocation tirelessly, working for our redemption through the reconciliation of penitents and the celebration of the Eucharist, the pinnacle of his apostolic activity. The decree bestowing the title of Venerable upon Padre Pio affirmed that, “Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, like the Apostle Paul, placed the holy Cross, that was his strength, his wisdom and his glory at the apex of his life and his apostolate.” Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio in 2002.
In this icon, Padre Pio is shown bearing the wounds of Christ. With arms crossed, he echoes in his person the Cross of Christ, also shown in red to symbolize Padre Pio’s intimate communion with the Passion of the Lord.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque and photo.)
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