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Padre Pio Stigmata

This week, on September 23, the universal Church observes the Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, known affectionately world over as Padre Pio.  These are just a few of the miracles of Padre Pio from an excerpt of ‘The Miracles of Padre Pio’ on EWTN:

...Like many people, O’Neill said he was very aware of the supernatural phenomena and miracles attributed to Padre Pio.  In fact, he said two of the most incredible interviews of his life occurred at the National Center for Padre Pio in Bartow, Pa.  There, he heard the story of Vera Marie Calandra, whose bladder was removed by future U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.  In 1968, Calandra was blessed by Padre Pio and her bladder grew back!

He also heard the story of Paul Walsh, who had been irreversibly brain damaged and had slipped into a coma after being in a car wreck.  He had a vision of Padre Pio while he was in his hospital bed and was miraculously cured...

O’Neill said to one of them: “I heard the miracle used for Padre Pio’s canonization happened in this hospital.  Is there a single person still here who might be able to tell a bit of that story?  The woman [I was speaking to] got on the phone, called upstairs, and said to me, “You’re in luck!  The doctor  who did the surgery that day is here today; he is available right NOW, and he speaks English!”

O’Neill raced upstairs with his camera crew and sat down with Dr. Alfredo Del Gaudio, Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, who had an “incredible testimony.”    The surgeon said he was operating on Matteo Colella, when he died on the surgery table. He immediately began praying to Padre Pio.

Said O’Neill: “The doctor said he gave a heart massage to this patient for one-and-a-half hours. In all of his 20 plus years of medicine, he said he had never seen a patient who has come back to life after that who didn’t have brain damage and other physical malfunctions. The boy’s heart rate was at 0, and it came right back up. When boy came to, he said he had had a vision of Padre Pio himself, who interacted with the boy while he was out. So [the boy] had his own vision of Padre Pio while everyone was praying to Padre Pio, including the surgeon!”

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