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San Giovanni Rotondo, the Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and where his body lays
On June 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized in Rome Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, one of the greatest saints of all times. There are saints who have been known for healing; there are saints who could “read” souls; there are saints who were known for levitation; there were saints who bore the stigmata, or were seen in apparition, or who had the “odor of sanctity.” There are saints who could understand languages they didn’t know. But Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who died on September 23, 1968, had all these charisms, and more. In fact, not since St. Francis of Assisi has there been such a miracle-worker.
It is impossible to do justice to the entire array of miracles worked by Padre Pio. They are endless, and they have transcended his death. Which is evidence of the love and dedication that pilgrims have for this Saint.