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Padre Pio Under Investigation
Castelli, Fr Francesco

Padre Pio Under Investigation
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  Publisher: Ignatius
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On June 14, 1921, a priest knocks at the convent in San Giovanni Rotondo. He is in his early forties and wears a simple cassock, but he is no ordinary priest. He is Bishop Raffaello Carlo Rossi, future cardinal and the Apostolic Visitor sent by the Holy Office to secretly investigate Padre Pio.

The Bishop Inquisitor remains with the Capuchin Brothers for eight days, interrogating and recording depositions. He also interviews Padre Pio himself and examines the mysterious wounds of Christ that he bears on his body.

After gathering all the evidence, the Inquisitor sketches his own evaluation of Padre Pio, which includes his reasons for believing that the stigmata are of divine origin. He sends his report and the depositions to Rome, where they stay buried for nearly a century. Now, forty years after the saint’s death, these exceptional documents are published in their entirety, thanks to the skilful research of Father Francesco Castelli.

The documents in this book reveal every aspect of Padre Pio’s life from his amazing supernatural gifts to his health. In his depositions, he admits, under oath, to the phenomenon of bi-location and to other supernatural charisms, and for the first time tells the detailed story of his stigmatization. Also included are letters from his spiritual father and a chronology of his life.


“In this book we have the chance to read a report written in 1921, when the cult surrounding him was just beginning. What emerges from these pages is a fresh take on the holy man, who comes across as very modest and human, and frankly puzzled about both his spiritual gifts and the excitement surrounding him. ... A book like this does more to prove the genuineness of Padre Pio and his stigmata than ten books that emphasize the wonders of his life. “ — online review

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Overcoming skepticism, January 08, 2017
By Anonymous (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

This book answers the question of why the church had imposed such restrictions on Padre Pio. Some events are repeated in the book from different viewpoints - it is not a linear chronology. The usual human concerns are present - doubt and envy among them, you can see how the Pope declared that he was misinformed about him. For an inspirational read about the miracles and experiences of those around him, I suggest the two volumes by Diane Allen instead. This book gives an understanding of the political church context.

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