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Pope in Padre Pio’s Hometown: The Devil Gets Inside Us

Pope in Padre Pio’s Hometown: The Devil Gets Inside Us

Pope Francis prays in front of the mortal remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) at the Santa Maria delle Grazie sanctuary in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy March 17, 2018.

But St. Pio had the solution for this torment, Francis says.

Today during his visit to the hometown of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Pope Francis reflected on how the devil tormented the Italian saint, and how he torments us.

Noting how Francesco Forgione was born in Pietrelcina, and returned there for health reasons, the pope said that this period “was not, for him, an easy time.”

The future saint was “greatly tormented inwardly and feared to fall prey to sin, feeling he was under assault by the devil,” Francis said. “And this did not give him peace, because he was restless.”

The Bishop of Rome then asked the crowd, “But do you believe that the devil exists? … You are not very convinced? … I will tell the bishop to do some catechesis … Does the devil exist or not?”

The crowd answered yes, and the pope went on to explain that the devil “goes everywhere, he gets inside us, he moves us, he torments us, he deceives us.”

Father Pio “was afraid that the devil would assail him, would drive him to sin,” Francis continued. And the friar spoke to a few people in an attempt to “clarify what was happening in his soul.”

But Padre Pio was able to draw strength during this trying time, Pope Francis recalled, saying that it was from the “continuous prayer and the trust he was able to place in the Lord.”

“‘All the ugly ghosts,’ so he said, ‘that the devil is introducing into my mind disappear when I trustfully abandon myself to the arms of Jesus.’”

Pope Francis remarked that in this statement there is “all theology!”

“You have a problem, you are sad, you are sick — abandon yourself to the arms of Jesus,” he said. “And this is what [Pio] did. He loved Jesus and he trusted in Him.”

Padre Pio would write about how he would thirst more and more for God after receiving Him in the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the morning.

“Father Pio immersed himself in prayer to adhere ever better to the divine plans,” Francis said. “Through the celebration of Holy Mass, which constituted the heart of his day and the fullness of his spirituality, he reached a high level of union with the Lord. During this period, he received special mystical gifts from above, which preceded the manifestation in his flesh of the signs of the Passion of Christ.”

50 Years After His Death, Padre Pio’s Body Has Refused To Decompose

50 Years After His Death, Padre Pio’s Body Has Refused To Decompose

St. Padre Pio’s 50-Year-Old Corpse Is Paraded Through The Streets Of Rome

A 50-year-old corpse was paraded through the streets of Rome on Saturday, cheered on by thousands of onlookers who took pictures of the dead body as it made its way to the Vatican.

The mortal remains of Catholic monk Saint Pio da Pietralcina, which were exhumed in 2008, were taken to St Peter’s Basilica to be blessed by Pope Francis, part of a celebration for the Catholic jubilee.

Speaking over the corpse on Saturday, Francis called Pio a “servant of mercy.”

“He did so full-time, practicing, at times in exhaustion, the apostolate of listening,” the pontiff reflected.

Pio’s bearded form, which is usually interred in San Giovanni Rotondo in the south of the country, has become a tourist attraction for the Foggia region, drawing more than a million visitors annually.

The corpse is held in such high regard due to claims that before death the monk was able to cure the sick. He was also said to have received visions and suffered stigmata — bleeding from the hands mimicking the wounds of Christ. Pio could also tell the future and be in two places at once.

The monk died in 1968 at the age of 81. He was beatified in 1999, and canonised in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. Pio’s body is to go on display in the Vatican in a climate controlled crystal coffin until Feb. 11. A second dead body, that of Croatian Leopold Mandic, who died in 1942, will also be available for viewing at the Basilica.

Most Catholics Have Forgotten This Powerful Healing Prayer – Including You

Most Catholics Have Forgotten This Powerful Healing Prayer – Including You

Most Powerful Healing Prayer by St. Padre Pio

Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me.
I thank you for sending your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
to the world to save and to set me free.
I trust in your power and grace that sustain and restore me.
Loving Father, touch me now with your healing hands,
for I believe that your will is for me to be well in mind, body,
soul and spirit.

Cover me with the most precious blood of your Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.
Cast anything that should not be in me.
Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish
any damaged areas.

Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the
power of Jesus’ precious blood.
Let the fire of your healing love pass through my entire body
to heal and make new any diseased areas so that my body
will function the way you created it to function.
Touch also my mind and my emotion, even the deepest
recesses of my heart.

Saturate my entire being with your presence, love, joy, and
peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life.
And Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to
do your works so that my life will bring glory and honor to
your holy name. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.