About Saint Padre Pio

Padre Pio was a friar devoted to simplicity and to the grace of suffering. His life became an inspiration to believers the world over.


Also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., Padre Pio was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint of the Catholic church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Read more about him at this Franciscan Media post.

  • Born: May 25, 1887, Pietrelcina, Italy
  • Died: September 23, 1968, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
  • Full name: Francesco Forgione
  • Feast: 23 September
  • Buried: September 26, 1968, Church of Our Lady of Grace, San Giovanni Rotondo


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