Pio, Padre (da Pietralcini) (1887–1968)
Italian friar of the Capuchin monastery of San Rotundo,
near Foggia, with reputed powers of clairvoyance and precognition,
who also demonstrated the stigmata (wounds of Christ)
from 1915 onward. Born Francesco Forgione, he lived a simple
life and was a sympathetic personality who did not seek public
notice. Among the phenomena he demonstrated that have excited
some parapsychologists are instances of apparent bilocation.
The most notable example occurred in 1941 when his
friend Monsignor Damiani died in far-off Urugary. On the evening
of Damiani’s death, the Cardinal Archbishop or Montevideo
admitted a hooded Capuchin monk who Damiani testified
before his death was Pio.
The phenomena surrounding Pio have been neither endorsed
nor condemned by the official office of the church
charged with the evaluation of such occurrences, but they have
been widely accepted by the public. Pio has been the subject,
especially since his death in 1968, of a large body of literature.
(See also Therese Neuman)
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Grosso, Michael. ‘‘Padre Pio and the Paranormal.’’ Christian
Parapsychologist 4, no. 7 (1982).
Schug, J. A. Padre Pio. Huntington, Ind. Our Sunday Visitor,
1976.