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At the age of 31, Padre Pio became the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic Church. The painful wounds and marks of the stigmata that he bore on his hands, feet, and side for 50 years appeared on Sept. 20, 1918, while he was praying before a crucifix. Surrendered to death on Sept. 23, 1968, at the age of 81, Padre Pio died

as he had lived, with a rosary in hand. He loved to pray the rosary and encouraged other people to do the same. He felt that through prayer and meditation the soul could be brought into union with God. Saint Padre Pio was canonized on June 16, 2002, by Pope Saint John Paul II.

The altar at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle. Stella Hatch for South Texas Catholic

“Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” – Padre Pio

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November 2018 - Vol. 53 No.10  

In our November issue, we feature the Quinto Encuentro Team who represented the diocese at the National Convention, their experiences and th...

November 2018 - Vol. 53 No.10  

In our November issue, we feature the Quinto Encuentro Team who represented the diocese at the National Convention, their experiences and th...

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