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Padre Pio in Real Time
on May 30, 2011
Padre Pio is a phenomenally popular saint, and sometimes in such cases hindsight paints an unreal picture. 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. The others interviewed are also frank about both the phenomena, whether or not they believe them, and the personality of Padre Pio. The bishop who conducted the investigation also comes across as very fair, knowledgeable, and not credulous. 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.