7 Legendary Stigmatics


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Padre Pio (1887-1968)
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Francesco Forgione was born in the village of Pietrelcina in 1887, but became a Capuchin monk in 1918, taking the name Padre Pio. In addition to his stigmata, Pio was said to be able to prophesize the future, read souls and bilocate his body into two places at once. Doctors certified that his wounds had no natural explanation, but Italian historian Sergio Luzzatto believes Pio used carbolic acid to stimulate the bleeding in his hands.