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Made in Italy: Visiting Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Italians really have a devotion for Padre Pio – let’s see why he’s so beloved among the Catholics and what it is worth visiting in San Giovanni Rotondo!

Famous for bearing the legendary Stigmata, Saint Padre Pio was born in the small Italian farming village of Pietrelcina. This is a highly religious town and several big feasts are held here every year to commemorate the lives of various saints. Although padre Pio was a priest for the predominant part of his life, he also served in the military during World War, where he worked in the medical corps. However he was discharged in 1918 because of poor health.

Padre Pio (photo by: Pietro & Silvia)

Padre Pio had suffered from asthmatic bronchitis since childhood and by the time he had reached a more ripe age, he began to suffer from arthritis. A strong religious cult has surrounded Padre Pio since his death as he was one of the twentieth century’s most renowned stigmatics. When his body was put on display in San Giovanni in 2008, it attracted some negative reactions, which in turn, infuriated many of Pio’s devotees. He was renowned for having mystical abilities and was famed for being able to gaze into peoples souls, however much controversy has always surrounded this religious figure.

People search for San Giovanni Rotondo Hotels, Italy for several reasons. Although the story of Padre Pio remains close to the hearts of many Catholics, there are numerous other religious artifacts in this region of the country that are well worth a look. Dropping by the Church of Saint Pio is one of the most obvious to do’s on the itinerary, however the Ancient Church and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Delle Grazie should be explored too. By visiting the Gargano National Park, you will also have the chance to gaze upon new species of flower that have been discovered on the slops of San Giovanni Rotondo.

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