About St. Padre Pio
Feast Day: September 23
St. Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, was a 20th century Capuchin friar and priest. He is known for his piety and charity.
He had the stigmata, the wounds of Christ in his hands and feet. He also had many mystical experiences, including frequently seeing guardian angels and predicting that Karol Wojtyła, a priest, would ascend to “the highest post in the church” Karol Wojtyła later became Pope John Paul II.
St. Padre Pio is the patron saint of adolescents, civil defense volunteers, stress relief, and January blues.
Pray, hope, and don’t worry.
Pope Francis reminds us that we should imitate this saint by focusing on the marginalized, weak, and forgotten.
Read even more about this saint in this article from Catholic News Service.
View a one hour documentary on this saint.
Why do Catholics pay so much attention to the saints? They serve as examples for us. For youth, we can explain that they are our superheroes. Like the figures in Marvel comics, they are not perfect, but through the power of the Holy Spirit they were able to do amazing things.