Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name Pio when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. As a child, he was very religious and by the age of 5 he made the decision to dedicate his life to God. Francisco had a peculiar ability. He could see guardian angels, spoke with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. This was not something taught to him but occurred so naturally that he assumed other people could see them too. On September 20, Padre Pio was hearing confessions when he felt pain in his hands and feet. He noticed the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, appearing on his hands and feet. The experience was painful. Bleeding occurred. The wounds smelled of roses, and although they continued to weep, they never became infected. Padre Pio became internationally famous. He was known for his piety, charity and the quality of his preaching."
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