The new church of Saint Mary of the Graces

        The new church  of Saint Mary of the Graces was inaugurated in 1959. Reportedly Padre Pio was not happy with it's size and called it "a mousetrap" and "a matchbox".   
    The outside of the new church     
    The inside of the new church                      
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  1 Madonna  2 Guardian Angel  3 St. Michel  4 John Paul II with a relic   5 Padre Pio with the quote: "Everybody can say Padre Pio is mine."
 6 Mother Theresa; a relic of her.
    The all around balcony  
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      1 On the "matroneo", the all around balcony of the the new St. Mary's church    2 Padre Pio received a huge amount of mail every day     
    The new sacristy            In the new sacristy only men were allowed                  The stairs climbed leaving the new sacristy.            
  When the new church if Sain Mary of the Graces was built, a new wing of the convent was inaugurated. It was connected to the old convent through a large room.
The hall was located in the cloistered area between the old and new wings of the convent.
 The St. Francis hall is so called because of a fresco painting by the local artist Antonio Ciccone.
 
    
       Only men ware allowed in. Everybody was spontaneously on his knees meeting Padre Pio.  
                                                                    
  Blessing:                   
  Padre Pio and the children.                                                             
 
The  child appears astonished          Padre Pio's nephew Pio Masone           A blind child

  This child asks Padre Pio if he really is Padre Pio       Baptisms:              Longo cousins

Baptism of the child of Nicola Cocomozzi:            Writing a well whishing note for the newly baptized           Nicola  Cocomozzi was a mailman who went to see Padre Pio when he had to deliver mail requiring his signature.

First Communion:
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 1 Rispoli         2 Innocenzo Battista    3 Maria Rosaria Zambotto    4 Dino Natale    5 Livia Bugnac    6  Enrico Romito   7 Francesco Tricerri

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 1 Salvatore Lombardi             2 Giuseppe Lombardi               3 Pio Roversi              4 others
   
  Padre Pio with his earthly guardian angels,  friends, visitors, spiritual children, doctors, politicians, actors, painters, royals, relatives, student friars, pilgrims.
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 1 Fra Giovanni Maria Sammarone da Trivento   2 Brother Bill Martin future Father Joseph Pius Martin    3  Fra' Gerardo  4 Padre Clemente da Postiglione 5 Padre Eusebio Notte   6 Fra' Daniele Natale da San Giovanni Rotondo   6 Padre Raffaele da Sant'Elia a Pianisi   7 Padre Vincenzo     8 Padre Ermelindo Di Capua  9 Padre Giambattista Colavita    10 Padre Agostino da San Marco in Lamis   11 Padre Carmelo da Sessano    12 Padre Fortunato    13 Padre Guglielmo Alimonti  14 Padre Paolino da Nola (right)  15  Padre Mariano    16 Padre Adriano  18 Padre Gerardo da Flumeri   19 Padre...    20 Padre Massimiliano da Porretta  21  Padre Michelangelo da Cavallana e altri   22 Padre Onorato Marcucci   23 Padre Alessio Parente   24 Padre Pio Capuano met Padre Pio as a young student friar in 1967  
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     1 Padre Pio's father Grazio Forgione receiving Communion from Padre Pio   1a Padre Pio visiting with his sick father at the home of Mary Pyle     1b Grazio going to the convent to visit his son    2 Padre Pio's brother Michele Forgione   3 Brother Michele Forgione and Padre Pio's niece Pia    4 Giuseppina Pennelli    5 Pio Masone

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  1 Pietruccio  the blind   2 dr. Guglielmo Sanguinetti   3 Mario Sanvico   4 Emanuele Brunatti    5 Angelo Lupi     6 Friend visiting daily     
    
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  1 Giacomo Gaglione   2  Elia Stelluto  3 Cleonice Morcaldi   4 Mario Serritelli 1927   5  Pio Abresh   6 Hon. Aldo Moro     
                                                          
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  1 Dr. Andrea Cardone  2 dr. Michele Favino    3  Pio Roversi  4  Francesco Morcaldi   5 Beniamino Gigl   6 Cardinal Lercaro  7 Mary Pyle 
                       
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 1  Giovanni Bardazzi da Prato      2   Hon. Antonio Segni       3   Hon. Silvio Pella                                        
         
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  1 Sergio Bruni   2 Furio Rendine    3 dr. prof. Valdoni    4 Fausto Coppi    5 Domenico Coretti      6 Franco de Luzio     7 Gene Ricci   8 Katharina Tangari  

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     1 Carlo Campanini       2 In the hallway   
                
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      5            1 Padre Pio in the Military    2 American soldiers     3 General Ezio Marta Gray  
  4 Carabinieri 5   Baptism on an adult; the soldier Dan Steel 


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   1 Seminarians and student friars    2 Princess Marie-Jose of Belgium in 1937   3 Beniamino Valente     4 Antonio Pandisca       
                                                   
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  1  Blessed Giacomo Alberione    2 Enzo and Carmelina Bertani   3 Cortellessa - Marasco     4 Spiritual daughters        5 Visitors     

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 Weddings:   1 Giuseppina Pennelli, Padre Pio's niece     2 Pristera' - Talocucci       3 Chiusa - Anghinetti        4  Raffaele Esposito       5 Piero Morcavallo     6  Michelagnoli - Rossi         7  other
   Frequently, especially during the Vatican Council II  (1962-1965) bishops, consultants, prelates visited with Padre Pio.
                                                                                       
   
   
   

 

 

 

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