For those unfamiliar, Padre Pio was an Italian Capuchin friar that was given a gift of healing. He was accepted into a Capuchin community in the early part of the 20th century. Although he was ordained a priest in 1910, due to his own poor health, he remained with his family until 1916. At that time he entered the order and took the name of Brother Pio.
In 1917 as World War l broke out in Europe, he was called to serve in the military to serve in the medical corp. Due to hospitalization, his military service was brief. During this time, he developed a reputation for his gift of miraculous healing. He became a Spiritual Director to many devotees.
Due to his popularity, many allegations began to surface. Church leaders found him to be an embarrassment and forbade him from hearing confessions and performing other duties. Pope John XXlll, in his writings, considered him to be a fraud and womanizer. Pope Paul Vl later dismissed these accusations.The ban was eventually lifted and Pio returned to his duties.
Padre Pio died in 1968 a day after saying his final Solemn Mass.
This week they exhumed the man's remains.
Why? He had already been named a Saint by the Church.
These words were said in 1968 and now forty years later, the town is still cow towing to the merchants. The Saint’s remains have been exhumed and restored by a team of doctors, cosmologists and scientists to look presentable and he is on display once more.