Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Padre Pio Connection

In his medical practice, C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon who achieved international recognition for successfully separating conjoined twins and for advancing the field of pediatric surgery with new lifesaving procedures.

Of particular interest is the case of critically ill Veramarie Calandra, fifth child of Harry and Vera Calandra, who operated a small grocery store in Norristown, Pa. Veramarie was born in 1966, and suffered from a congenital kidney disease. Dr. Koop performed several surgeries on the infant’s severe urinary tract defects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, finally removing her bladder and warning her parents that she could not live that way, and that the child was certain to die.

Mrs. Calandra had read of the miracles of Padre Pio, and in 1968—just a few weeks before the friar’s death—she was moved to travel with her seriously ill toddler to his monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

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Informative and inspiring video: The True Story of Saint Padre Pio

Father Benedict Groeschel leads a wide-ranging discussion on the life of St. Pio.

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A very nice photo essay on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

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St. Pio: body … soul … and reports of his ability to bilocate

On the feast of Padre Pio, many good Catholics and also many non-Catholics and even atheists recall the stories of his miraculous bilocations. St. Pio of Pietrelcina was known to have bilocated many times throughout his life, a phenomenon which has become central to the telling of his mystical life.

Of course, Padre Pio was not the only saint to have bilocated, but he is certainly the saint most commonly associated with the mysterious gift.

Without denying the fact of bilocation as a phenomenon, there is still some difficulty in explaining just what this event really is. By “bilocation,” do we mean that Padre Pio was present in two places at the same time? If yes, was he present both in his soul and in his body, or just in his soul? If just in his soul, was he materially present, having acted through a momentarily constructed physical body, or was his presence only a spiritual action visible only to the intellect? What follows is more speculative than most of the writing on this blog.

I offer this speculation neither to give any definitive answers nor to induce doubt, but rather to help us all wonder at the glories of God’s works.

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Rare video of St. Pio celebrating the Mass

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as St. Padre Pio, died in 1968 and was declared a Saint not too long ago. Among many other things, Pio was a mystic, able to see things that (for most of us) don’t seem to actually exist.

The good Padre has just witnessed the Holy Spirit coming down from Heaven to transform bread and wine into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. No telling what Pio actually sees, but one thing’s for sure … God most certainly has his undivided attention … and that’s one lesson we can all learn from this holy man, and from virtually all the Saints.

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St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy , was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!

Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.

More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!

To see him resting so peacefully it’s hard to believe that he died 40 years ago.

A Prayer to Padre Pio


Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and venerate you in Jesus’ name. They ask for cures and healings, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you ask be forgiven in Jesus’ name.

Through your visible wounds of the Crucified Jesus, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus. Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us bring back the veneration of the wounds of Jesus Christ, for we acknowledge His Precious Blood as true a sign of salvation, cleansing and purifcation.

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, like beloved Jesus Christ, we not only remember the blood He shed as you also shed in pain, along with your smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, certainly the Scent of The Lord, symbolic as the perfume of sanctity.

Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints. In your kindness, please help me with my own special request: (mention here your petition, and make the sign of the Cross).

Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Memoriam J.S.

The following quotes of Padre Pio tell how he looked after and loved his spiritual family:

‘I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.’

‘Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.’

‘To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.’

‘If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.’


More about Padre Pio

A very nice photo essay on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)


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St. Padre Pio exhumed, body is “well preserved”.

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ROME, Mar 3, 2008 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives observed.

Padre Pio was buried September 27, 1968 at the San Giovanni Rotondo shrine, just four days after he died.

“The body is well preserved” said Bishop Domenico D’Ambrosio of San Giovanni Rotondo-Manfredonia-Vieste, who observed the removal of the saint’s remains.

For more details, including a 2 minute video on the life of this great saint, click here.