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The Prayers of Padre Pio

A giant image of Padre Pio hangs from the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo as the town marks his canonization June 16. The Italian Capuchin spent most of his life in the southern Italian village and is buried there. (CNS photo from Reuters)

There can be no doubt that Padre Pio dedicated his life to prayer and suffering. Every breath he took was a prayer—never for himself, always for others. From the beginning of his life, he was able to easily travel from this world to the next, through deep prayer. He used this connection with God to recommend to him the prayers of his spiritual children.

This ability to make contact with the powerful presence of God through prayer enabled him to bless and pray with those in most need, wherever they were in the world.

— from the book Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait 
by Fr. Franceso Napolitano

Padre Pio A Personal Portrait

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