12. The gifts: BILOCATION
Bilocation is the simultaneous presence of the same person in two
Padre Pio describes the bilocating person, under obedience:
"He knows what he wants, knows where he goes, but he doesn't know if
it's the body or the soul that goes."
"There is urgency, a grave danger, a soul or a body to save".
Padre Pio after he received the wounds in 1918 never left San Giovanni
Rotondo, yet many people have seen him and spoken to him in places
scattered all over the globe; even today.
Padre Romolo da San Marco in Lamis testified on June 20, 1921: “Padre
Pio repeats very often the words of the sacramental absolution,
Especially the words absolvo
and peccatis. We have heard
him at an open window, in sacristy, even during Mass. This might be
related to bilocation.”
Mons. Raffaello Rossi
Padre Pio questioned by Bishop Rossi, inquisitor sent by the Holy
Office, under oath, in 1921, about bilocation: “It did happen to me to be in the presence of this or that
person, in this or that place. I do not know if my mind was transported
there, or what I saw was some sort of representation of the place or
person. I do not know if I was there with my body, or without it.”
For example “One night I found myself at the bedside of a sick woman,
Maria Massa, in San Giovanni Rotondo. I was in the convent. I think I
was praying. I didn’t know her personally. She had been recommended to
me. It must have been over a year ago.”
First known bilocation of Padre Pio
Padre Pio was 18, and studying philosophy in Sant'Elia a Pianisi, when
he experienced bilocation for the first time.
He had the presence of mind to write down his experience within three
weeks and consign it to his superiors.
He wrote on February 1905: "Few days ago an unusual thing happened to
me. I was in the choir with Fra’ Atanasio at about 11 PM on January 18,
1905, when I found myself far away in Udine, were a father was dying and
a child was being born." The Virgin Mary told me: 'I'm entrusting this
child to you. One day she will come to you, but you will meet her first
in Saint Peter’s.’ After that I found myself back in the choir.”
The girl to be born was Marchioness Giovanna Rizzani Boschi. Vanina for
She is one of 6 witnesses who testified at the Process of beatification.
Her life was full of coincidences that don't have a rational
explanation. She was born January 18, 1905.
Page handwritten by future Padre Pio in February 1905
Padre Pio handwritten note was kept for years by Padre Agostino. Later
he gave it to Giovanna. Giovanna asked Padre Pio about it and he
confirmed the authenticity.
The dying person was Giovanni Battista Rizzani. His wife Leonilde had
been praying at his bedside, hoping for a last-minute conversion.
Leonilde saw a young Capuchin standing over the husband’s bed. As soon
she looked at him, he left the room and disappeared down the hallway.
She was then caught by violent contraction and gave birth to a five
weeks premature girl.
Newborn Giovanna Rizzani with her mother Leonilde
After the death of her husband, Leonilde moved with her daughter to
Rome, to live with her parents.
A confessional in St. Peter's basilica
In the summer of 1922 Giovanna went with a friend for confession in St.
Peter’s basilica. When they arrived it was almost closing time and they
were told to come back next day. On the way out Giovanna saw a Capuchin
hurriedly enter a confessional. She immediately went to him and
confessed. After confession she and her friend waited for the Capuchin
to get out, to greet him. The custodian saw them and asked them to live.
They told him about the Capuchin in the confessional. The man looked in
the confessional. It was empty.
In 1923 Giovanna heard about Padre Pio and went to see him with some
He told her: “I know you. You were born the day your father died. I have
been waiting for you all these years.” She replied: “You are mistaking
me for someone else.” Padre Pio: “No. You already know me. Last year in
St. Peter's I was the capuchin priest who confessed you. Don’t you
She was very surprised and confused.
Padre Pio continued: "Giovanna, the Virgin Mary took me to Udine just
before you were born to be, and I witnessed your father's death. Our
Lady informed me that his wife was about to give birth to a girl and
that she was placing this child under my care. My daughter, you are my
responsibility. One day you will be present at my death."
Giovanna was perplexed and filled with emotion. She said: “Should I
become a nun?” Padre Pio: “No. Come frequently to San Giovanni Rotondo
and I will guide your soul.”
Many years later she heard the voice of Padre Pio: “Come soon to San
Giovanni Rotondo because I’m going away.” Giovanna was now an elderly
lady. She went accompanied by her friend Margherita Hamilton four days
before Padre Pio’s death. She confessed to him, and he concluded: “I
absolve you now of all the sins you have ever committed. I am going
The night of Padre Pio’s death Giovanna woke up suddenly and said to her
friend “Padre Pio is dead.” They both left the hotel room and went
toward the convent in the middle of the night. Already a small crowd had
gathered in the square in front of the church were a friar was
announcing the death of Padre Pio.
Later she described the vision she had of Padre Pio's cell the night he
died. She reported every detail of what had happened, and described
every person that was in the room.
Padre Paolo Covino
On September 23, 1978 Padre Paolo Covino, who had administered the last
rites to Padre Pio, was on the square of the church of St. Mary of the
Graces. A woman asked him: “Are you Padre Paolo? I saw you in a vision,
administering the last rites to Padre Pio on September 23, 1968.” The
lady was Giovanna Rizzani.
Padre Vittore da Canosa was dying in his cell in the Foggia convent. He
told Padre Rosario: “What a grace I received this evening! If I live I
will write it down; if not, I will tell you about it.” Those were his
last words. He died without being able to write or tell of the grace
received. Padre Rosario later told other friars about the episode.
One of them, Padre Francesco, reported that at the time of the death of
Padre Vittore he was in San Giovanni Rotondo taking care of Padre Pio.
Padre Pio was ill, alone in his room. Padre Francesco heard that Padre
Pio was talking to somebody but he couldn’t understand anything. A bit
later he went to Padre Pio and told him that he had heard him talking
while nobody else was in his room. Padre Pio: “Yes. I was hearing
In 1918 Nina Campanile, one of the first spiritual daughters of Padre
Pio, did not know what bilocation is. Her sister had multiple severe
internal injuries in a fall, and fell in a coma. The doctors said that
nothing could be done but wait for her to die. Nina run to the friary
and Padre Pio told her that her sister would recover. Nina went back to
her sister but she was still unresponsive. She called, pinched, and
tapped her to no avail. A friend of Nina’s was there in the room and all
of a sudden she turned pale.
Nina asked her if she was getting sick. She replied: “Padre Pio is
here.” Nina: “What do you mean?” The friend: “Padre Pio has come near
your sister, and he said: “Poor child!” After ten minutes she said: “Now
he has gone away.” Nina was very puzzled. She was now looking at her
sister, and saw her suddenly regain consciousness and say: “I feel much
better.” Nina looked at her watch. It was 8:00 PM.
The morning after Nina went straight to the convent, and asked Padre Pio
point blank: “What time did you come to my house last night?” Without
batting an eye he said in a matter of fact way: “Around eight o clock.”
Margherita Cassano was sharing a small flat with two other girls. She got up
every morning to go to Padre Pio’s Mass. She was waken up “by the alarm
clock in the hallway”. On day she told Padre Pio: “I saved some money
and would like to by my own alarm clock. What do you think?” Padre Pio:
“Well, it’s about time!” She bought the alarm clock and brought it home.
She told the other girls: “Listen, don’t worry anymore to set up the
alarm for me in the morning. The girls: “What are you talking about?
There is never been an alarm clock in the house!”
Padre Alessio entered Padre Pio’s room one night and found him shivering
even though it was a warm evening. He piled blankets upon him without
result. Later he learned that at that very hour, a man dying high in the
Alps insisted that Padre Pio was present at his side.
on his knees
Desiderio Magnani of Padua in August 1962 was repairing the car in his
garage, lying in a cavity beneath it. The car suddenly caught fire and
caused very severe burns, including his face. In the hospital the
doctors gave little hope of survival because of 60% of the body burned,
high fever, kidney block and heart failure. His sister sent a telegram
to Padre Pio. The next day Desiderio wakened as if from a deep sleep and
told his sister that he had seen a friar besides his bed, who blessed
him. In a short while he was completely healed.
Convent in Pietrelcina
On December 13, 1941 Padre Agostino asked Padre Pio: “Are you going to
Pietrelcina for the grand opening of the convent?” “I will be there in
Pietrelcina, and at the same time I will be in the confessional in San
Holy Family in Pietrelcina
Padre Alberto D'Apolito (far left)
In 1951 the new church of the Holy Family in Pietrelcina was
consecrated. Padre Alberto D’Apolito went to the ceremony from San
Giovanni Rotondo. Upon his return he told Padre Pio: “Someday you should
go and see how beautiful the church is!” Padre Pio: “I was there. I can
describe to you the minutest details, such as the number of steps to the
entrance; and this is something that you don’t know!”
Padre Alberto later wrote: “In fact, I had never counted the steps.”
On July 18, 1942, Padre Benedetto, former spiritual director of Padre
Pio, was dying in the convent of San Severo. Padre Aurelio, the
guardian, asked him if he would like them to send for Padre Pio.
Padre Benedetto replied: “No, there is no need to send for him. He is
here beside me.”
Bilocation to assist a dying Franciscan tertiary
In the early days, Padre Nazareno went in town with Padre Pio to visit a
Franciscan tertiary gravely ill. The day after he reported to Padre Pio
that she had died during the night. Padre Pio said: “I know. I assisted
her. She went straight to Paradise.”
Bilocation to the Holy Office of Inquisition
In 1970 Madre Speranza di Collevalenza (now Venerable) told journalist
Renzo Allegri: “At the Holy Office I saw Padre Pio every day for a whole
year. He used some half gloves on his hands to hide the wounds. I would
greet him, kiss his hand, and sometimes we exchanged some words. This
took place between 1937 and 1939 when I was working at Sant'Uffizio
Madre Speranza confirmed the story to Padre Alberto.
Bilocation to a papal meeting
Pope Pius XI
Cardinal Silj reported an episode happened while he was in a meeting of
the Pope Pius XI with several cardinals, debating about suspending Padre
Pio “a divinis” (meaning from all
While the pope was speaking during the meeting, a Capuchin friar
appeared, knelt, and kissed his feet saying "Your Holiness, for the good
of the Church, do not take this course of action." He then asked for the
Pope's blessing, kissed his feet again, rose, and left.
The pope asked: "Who let that friar in?" The prelates run outside to
upbraid the guards for letting the friar in. All the guards strongly
denied having seen any friar.
The Pope grew silent. Than he ordered Cardinal Silj to ascertain were
Padre Pio was that day and hour.
Silj went to San Giovanni Rotondo with his sister in law Countess
Virginia Silj-Salviucci. Cardinal Silj asked the superior of the
convent, giving him details, were was Padre Pio at that certain date and
time. The superior gave him the details requested.
Cardinal Silj reported to the Pope that Padre Pio was in the choir of
his friary, saying the Office. Pope Pius XI never mentioned again of
suspending Padre Pio from his priestly faculties.
This episode was reported by Countess Virginia Silj-Salviucci to Padre
Pio Dellepiane, and revealed only after the Pope Pius XI’s death.
Bilocation to save a General
General Luigi Cadorna
General Luigi Cadorna, Supreme Commander of the Italian Army, after the
defeat of Caporetto, on November 12, 1917 was about to pull the trigger
to shoot himself. A friar appeared in front of him. "General, you will
not do this stupidity!" The General didn’t.
After the war Cadorna recognized Padre Pio in a picture, and went to
visit him unannounced.
Padre Pio from afar: "Yeah, general, we had a narrow escape that night!"
(In 1917 Padre Pio was a soldier in the Italian Army, on sick leave).
Captain of infantry
“I was a Captain of infantry. One day during a terrible battle I saw a
friar ho told me: “Captain, leave that place.” I went towards him, and
before I reached him a grenade exploded on the spot where I had been. I
looked back and there was a large hole there. I would have been blown
away. I looked at the friar again, but he was no more there. Other
fellow soldiers told me similar episodes, talking about a friar in San
Giovanni Rotondo. In 1919, after the war I went there out of curiosity.
When I saw Padre Pio in the sacristy I said: “That’s him. I can’t be
mistaken.” I told Padre Pio: “Thank you for saving me from death.” Padre
Pio replied: “You don’t have to thank me, son. You have to thank the
Lord and the Virgin.”
Bilocation during a bombardment
Francesco Cavicchi and his wife visited Padre Pio in June 1967. He had
confessed three days before, but wanted to confess to Padre Pio anyway.
The rule was at least seven days. He stood in line and when his turn was
approaching he got agitated. But Padre Pio calling him from the line
said: "Come forward, my son, I have been waiting for you for a long
Padre Pio started the confession asking: "How many days has it been
since last confession?" Francesco said that he couldn't remember. Padre
Pio: "You have a short memory, don't you? But let me ask you this. Do
you remember the bombardment In Rimini many years back? Do you remember
the air raid shelter? Do you remember the trolley bus? But why I'm
asking you to go back in time? You cannot even remember what you did
less than a week ago!"
At that point Francesco started recollecting that in November 1943, when
he was 28 years old, he was riding the trolley bus with about ten other
people, including a middle aged monk. Than the bombs started falling,
Francesco had difficulty getting off the bombed bus to reach the
air-raid shelter and thought he was about to die. The monk helped him.
The capuchin monk once in the shelter began to recite the rosary and
inspired calm and confidence in everyone. After the sirens gave the 'all
clear’ signal, the capuchin monk was the first to leave.
Suddenly Francesco said: "Were you the monk?" "Well, who do you think it
Padre Francesco Napolitano had just returned from New York and was
describing to the friars in the refectory what he had seen in America.
Padre Pio was intent on listening to him, and then said: “You have been
there only once. I have been hundreds of times.
Padre Rosario da Aliminusa (holding a paper)
Padre Rosario da Aliminusa, superior of the convent for three years,
wrote down a diary of what was going on about Padre Pio. He wrote of a
woman in America. She had an incurable tumor, and she saw Padre Pio, who
assured her that she would be cured. She was cured and lived a normal
Days after, Padre Eusebio da Castelpetroso read the description and told
Padre Pio: “So you took a trip to America. I found out that you went to
see a lady who had a tumor.” Padre Pio: “How did you find out?” Padre
Eusebio did not answer the question, but asked Padre Pio how did he
manage the language. Padre Pio: “How many miracles do you expect the
Lord to perform!”
American spiritual child
“Father, would you take me for spiritual child?”
“But next week I will be living
for America.” Padre Pio: "And you think that I can't reach you there and
slap you if you don't behave?”
St. Vincent Hospital
Father Joseph Pius
Father Joseph Pius reported that in 1967 an American Lady turned up at
the convent. She had been lying in St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York,
dying of cancer. On day while she was praying she saw padre Pio appear
at her bedside. He smiled at her, blessed her, and then was gone. The
woman recovered completely.
Bilocation in the USA (Wisconsin)
June 25, 1950 Padre Pio was seen attending to the death of a fellow monk
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, without leaving the convent. When asked about
it he said:
"If Christ multiplied the loaves
and fishes, why cannot He multiply me?"
Father Dominic Meyer
Padre Dominic Meyer’s father was dying in Wisconsin, while he was in San
Giovanni Rotondo helping Padre Pio.
The last time he has seen his father, he had made a request:
“Son, you are Padre Pio’s friend, you know him well, will you ask him to
help me here when my time comes?”
The first time Padre Dominic was alone with Padre Pio, he explained,
apologized, and made the request. Padre Pio slowly nodded. The father
was staying in the house of a married daughter.
On a beautiful afternoon, since he couldn’t walk, the daughter and her
husband helped him to sit on the porch. When they went to bring him back
to his room he was not on the porch. Not a step had been heard, nor a
door opening or closing.
They hurried to his bedroom, and there he was, lying in bed, eyes
closed, and mouth slightly open. “And Dominic,” said his sister, “we saw
a Host on his tongue.”
In 1973 Tony John Colette of Houston, Texas, after multiple surgeries,
was dying of a rare case of lipidosis. His case had been featured in the
Medical Journal. He and his relative had been praying Padre Pio. He was
about to be discharge the following day from St. Joseph Hospital. The
doctors said there was nothing else they could do for him.
At 3:00 AM he saw Padre Pio, who told him: “I want to help you. I will
try to help you.” At the moment he felt a shivering from head to toe.
Padre Pio had disappeared and he got up perfectly healed.
Doctors, students, relatives, were amazed. Tony said: “I feel profoundly
Andrea Bacile form San Martino in Pensilis was frequently rude with his
wife and children. One day that he was particularly misbehaved, he saw
Padre Pio in front of him. He had seen in him in pictures, but never in
person. He was shocked. He asked to confess. Padre Pio said “No”; and
Andrea apologized to his wife and children and started a pilgrimage on
foot to San Giovanni Rotondo. For three days he walked without resting
or eating. When he reached the convent he confessed to Padre Pio. After
the absolution Padre Pio said: “Now go eat something.”
Bilocation in England
King George V
The evening of January 20th, 1936, Dr. Guglielmo Sanguinetti, was
talking to Padre Pio in his cell.
Suddenly Padre Pio took to his knees and urged them to pray “for a soul
that is soon to appear before the tribunal of God.” Afterwards Padre Pio
said: “Do you know for whom you prayed? It was for the King of England.”
Around midnight padre Pio went to the room of Padre Aurelio: "Let's pray
for a soul which at this moment is about to appear at the tribunal of
The next day the newspapers announced the death of King George V.
In 1982, Alice Jones, a teacher, Episcopalian, had been bedridden for
ten years after multiple surgeries for a neurofibroma paralyzing
the left side. One day rev. Eric Fisher, a catholic priest went
to pray with her. “The priest was kneeling at my bedside. Suddenly was
like another person came out of rev. Fisher. I was terrorized at the
sight. It had the face of an old man with a beard. He showed me his
hands with a hole. He put his hands on me. He said: ‘Get up and go.’ I
did. I was crippled no more.” Few days later I recognized the old man in
a picture of Padre Pio.”
Bilocation in Ireland
Christy Gallagher from Donegal, Ireland, was very ill in a hospital bed.
He told his wife: “Padre Pio came to see me; he asked me whether I would
like to have Communion. I did.”
It was September 23, 1968. He was brimming with joy. Few hours later he
heard over the radio the announcement that Padre Pio had died.
A man living alone in his apartment in Rome had planned to visit Padre
Pio. Lately there had been several burglaries in his neighborhood. There
were no alarm systems at the time. He was undecided if to go, and prayed
Padre Pio: “I will come, but you watch my house.”
He went to padre Pio, confessed, then decided to stay a little longer.
The day after Padre Pio passing in the hallway told him: “You are still
here? I am working protecting your door.”
Padre Eusebio Notte talking to Padre Pio
Padre Eusebio Notte plucked up courage to ask Padre Pio: “You know this
man’s house. Don’t you?” “How could I? I have not left the convent for
so many years!” “But he saw you!” “Ah! That’s a different story. When
this things occur the Lord only permits the person concerned to be seen,
not the surroundings.”
In 1926 Concetta Bellarmini, while in critical condition, was suggested
to pray Padre Pio. She did not know Padre Pio but prayed for his
intercession. Later, a capuchin friar standing and smiling at her
bedside said: “Sunday morning you will be healed."
She did recover. Weeks later she went to thank Padre Pio. From afar she
exclaimed: 'That's him. That's exactly him."
Slapping in bilocation
Maria Pompilio, a spiritual daughter living near the convent, testified
that one evening she was praying when she began to doze off. Someone
slapped her on the right cheek and the hand seemed the one of Padre Pio.
The day after, she asked Padre Pio if he had slapped her. Padre Pio:
"That's what happens when you doze off while you are praying."
Saving a life in bilocation
Maria Pompilio testified that a man seeing Padre Pio remove his
vestments in the sacristy after Mass, said: 'Yes, he is the one. I'm not
mistaken.' Then, kneeling and in tears said over and over: 'Padre, thank
you for saving my life.'
Outside the church he told his story to Maria Pompilio and other
onlookers who had been in the sacristy.
He said: 'I was captain in the infantry in the battlefield under heavy
fire. I saw a monk a short distance away who called me.' "Captain come
here by immediately." 'I did, and even before I reached him a grenade
exploded were I had been, leaving a hole in the ground. When I turned
back the monk was not there anymore.'
Savino Greco from Cerignola had a brain tumor and another tumor in the
back of his right eye. He went to a specialist in Bari, and the
diagnosis was confirmed. He was transferred to Milan for surgery. He had
a dream of Padre Pio who told him: “With time you will be cured.” When
the time came to operate, he was so scared that run away from the
hospital. He went to stay with a cousin in Milan.
After few days the pain was so intense that he decided he had no choice
but to try surgery. Back in the hospital the surgeon did a pre operatory
examination with the other doctors. During the examination Savino
smelled an intense perfume of violets, roses, and lilies. When the
doctors finished the examination they were completely amazed. There was
no trace of any tumor. They said he could go home.
Bilocation at the Judgment
Maria Pompilio at left in the picture
Maria Pompilio wrote in her “Memorie di Padre Pio” that when her brother
died, she asked Padre Pio to intercede so that he could come in her
Her brother came in a dream and said: "Padre Pio assisted me in my
agony. He stayed until the Judge judged me. I was given eleven years of
Purgatory, but for intercession of Padre Pio the pain was reduced to one
year. Many mysteries in the life of Padre Pio will be known only in the
The morning after Maria went to see Padre Pio. From afar he said: "Are
you glad now?" "Yes, it seems that you are everywhere." Padre Pio
replied: "What sense has for me being on earth if I can't go up and
down. I know. Your brother told you that the mystery of my life will be
known only in Paradise."
Bilocation in France
On January 29, 1957 in Alençon (France) Daniel Batonnier was about to
die of cerebrospinal meningitis.
The mother at 13:30 sent a telegram to Padre Pio. At 16:00 the
child was fully recovered. The doctors were puzzled.
The child, seeing a picture of Padre Pio, said: 'Mom, I know that friar.
He came to see me twice today. He was humming so as not to scare me, and
then he left. Mom when I grow up I want to be a friar like him'.
Bilocation in Hungary
Padre Pio brings to Cardinal Mindszenty bread and
wine to celebrate mass. Mosaic in St. Pio's crypt.
In 1956 Padre Pio served the Mass of Cardinal Mindszenty while he was
incarcerated in Budapest. The news spread. Padre Pio was asked: "Did you
really talk to him, did you really see him? “Certainly, if I have talked
to him, I must have seen him."
In another occasion he was asked: 'Did you visit Cardinal Mindszenty
while he was prisoner in Budapest in 1956?' "Yes. I have seen him and
spoken to him."
Bilocation to honor 2 fellow saints in Rome
Saint Luigi Orione
Saint Luigi Orione made this statement: "I saw Padre Pio in St. Peter's
Basilica the day that Saint Therese of the Child Jesus was declared
blessed. He came smiling towards me, walking through the crowds. He
disappeared when we were few feet away from each other."
That happened on April 29, 1923.
Padre Bonaventura was preaching in 1956 in the basilica of the Holy
Spirit in Naples. Padre Pio appeared in the church for about forty
minutes. Everybody in the assembly saw him. Padre Bonaventura wrote to
Padre Carmelo, superior at the convent, about it. Padre Carmelo thought
of a hallucination, and asked Padre Pio: “Is Padre Bonaventura right?”
Padre Pio answered: “Yes, it is true. It is true.”
Bilocation last day of life
Padre Domenico da Cese Manoppello
Padre Domenico Petracca da Cesa Manoppello, a Capuchin friar who had
been friend with Padre Pio since 1940 reported that early in the morning
of September 22, 1968 he went to open the church at Manoppello, located
more than 200 kilometers away to the north of San Giovanni Rotondo, in
the province of Abruzzi.
Inside the church he found Padre Pio on his knees in the first row pew,
his head in his hands, before the image known as the Holy Face.
Padre Pio said to him: “I do not trust myself any more. Pray for me.
Goodbye until we meet again in Paradise.”
Padre Pio died few hours later.
Bilocation in Italy
A woman went stay with her daughter and son in law in Bologna, while
waiting to have surgery for a malignant tumor in her arm. She was
sitting alone in the living room when a capuchin friar came through the
door. "I am Padre Pio da Pietralcina".
He exhorted her to have faith in the Madonna and blessed her arm. Then
he said good bye and left.
The day after she met the doctor to go over the details of the surgical
intervention. The surgeon examined the arm. There was no trace of the
Last known bilocation when Padre Pio was alive
Padre Umile, friend of Padre Pio was bedridden in Genova because of a
fall. On September 22, 1968 at 4:30 PM Sister Ludovica brought to Padre
Umile a cup of tea.
In entering the room she felt and intense perfume of flowers. Padre
Umile said to her: "Padre Pio went to say me the last goodbye." Few
hours later Padre Pio died.
On October 24, 1949 the newspaper Il Progresso Italo-Americano reported
Giacomo Cadice had run away from home. In time the parents received a
letter form Sidi-Bel-Abess in Algeria, where he stated that he had
joined the Foreign Legion and would have to stay there for five years.
His father Pietro went to Padre Pio asking for help. Padre Pio
said: “Go and pray. By the third moon your son will return home!”
Next part of the story was told by the son himself. One night he was on
guard at an advanced post, when he saw a friar gesturing with the hand
to follow him. They went across the desert for days, than embarked on a
ship for Marseille in France, and the friar disappeared. From there
Giacomo reached his home, joining his family. When Pietro showed his son
a picture of Padre Pio, he immediately recognized the friar and started
A book on Padre Pio by Giovanni Gigliozzi
Giovanni Gigliozzi was in a broadcasting studio in Rome, about to get on
air when he got a terrible blinding attack of migraine. He knew that it
would last for hours and he couldn’t do a thing about it.
Suddenly he heard steps toward him. He opened his eye and Padre Pio was
there. He did not speak a word. He just gazed at him with an
affectionate smile and laid his hand on his head, and disappeared. So
too did the migraine.
Days later in the hallway of the convent Padre Pio told him: “Well,
Giovanni how is the head? Ah! These hallucinations!”
Padre Alberto D'Apolito
Padre Alberto reported that one afternoon on May 1928 he approached
Padre Pio who was standing at the window. He had the gaze fixed and was
pronouncing the words of absolution in a very clear voice. Padre Alberto
called Padre Tommaso, the superior, and both saw and heard Padre Pio
concluding the absolution.
Few days later a telegram came to Padre Tommaso from a city in northern
Italy, thanking him for having sent Padre Pio to assist a dying man.
Bilocation near the convent
Padre Carmelo da San Giovanni in Galdo showing a picture to
Padre Carmelo, superior of the convent, decided to have meetings with
the group of early spiritual daughters, at the Ventrella's house, to
gather firsthand information about the beginning of Padre Pio's ministry
in San Giovanni Rotondo.
The meetings were held on December 14, 1954, on January 10 and 25, 1955,
and at later dates. Ten spiritual daughter were present: the Ventrella
sisters, the Pompilio sisters, Filomena Fini, Rosinella Gisolfi in
Rachele Russo, Rachelina Gisolfi and Nina Campanile.
Padre Carmelo testified: 'During the first meeting Rachelina Gisolfi
told everybody that Padre Pio was present. Back to the convent I didn't
have the courage to ask Padre Pio about it. During the second meeting
Rachelina said again that Padre Pio was there. Back to the convent I
took the courage and asked him.
Padre Pio’s answer: "Why? You
don't want me there? You don't want that I come to those meetings?"
After the third meeting, back to the convent, Padre Carmelo got this
answer: "Yes I was there." After another meeting Padre Pio asked Padre
Carmelo: "How come you don't ask me anymore if I came to the meeting?"
Bilocation in town
Padre Carmelo da Sessano with Padre Pio
In 1953 Padre Pio was sitting with other monks for a play in the hall of
the friary. Padre Carmelo, the Superior, was sitting by him. He reported
that Padre Pio during the intermission "placed his arms on the back of
the chair in front of him and rested his head on them, remaining silent
and motionless for few minutes".
The next day, Padre Carmelo went to visit an invalid sick man in town
and was amazed when the man and his family expressed their appreciation
for permitting Padre Pio to go visit the man the previous evening. Padre
Carmelo asked about the time and the duration of the visit. They matched
perfectly with the intermission.
Bilocation to Heaven
Ettore Masone was Padre Pio's only nephew. He was not yet thirty when he
became gravely ill, fell into a coma, and appeared dead. The family made
arrangements for the funeral next day. But all of a sudden he woke up
and shouted: "I'm not dying anymore."
He recovered completely and instantly. He recalled: I was at the gates
of heaven and saw my sister Giuseppina who died many years ago standing
there at the door. Then I also saw Padre Pio. Both wouldn't let me in."
That's when he woke up.
Bilocation during a delivery
In 1952 a woman was about to die during delivery because of an erroneous
blood transfusion. She received the Last Rites. When the priest left,
she saw a monk. "I am Padre Pio and you will not die. Say an 'Our
Father' and one day you will come to see me."
About a year later she went to see Padre Pio. He told her: "You got the
miracle because the Sacred Heart sent me to save you, since you are
devout to him and did the First Fridays of each month."
A man from Maglie
The father of a capuchin friar from Maglie (Lecce) lay in bed, paralyzed
with a spinal disorder. The friar asked Padre Pio to pray for him. One
afternoon the sick man saw a bearded friar at his bedside. The friar
gently told him: “Suffer, suffer with patience”. The following day the
same thing happened, and the man was not improving. The afternoon visits
On the tenth day the visiting friar said: “Enough is enough.” From then
on the man started rapidly improving, and after few days he was able to
go back to farming. The farmer explained to his capuchin son what had
happened, and he recognized Padre Pio in a picture shown to him.
The sister of Mons. Luigi D’Indico, the pastor of St. Joseph in the
Santa Croce neighborhood of Florence, Italy, was in a comatose state,
suffering from paratyphoid A and B. The family prayed Padre Pio.
On July 20, 1921 at 2:30 PM, Mons. D’Indico was working in his office.
He felt that somebody was behind him. He turned and saw a friar walking
and leaving the room. He asked his secretary who was that friar.
The secretary thought that monsignor was under stress because his sister
was close to death, and he was having hallucinations.
At the same hour, Mons. D’Indico’s sister saw Padre Pio at her bedside.
He told her: “Do not worry, tomorrow the fever will disappear, and in
few days there will be no trace of the illness in your body.”
She got rapidly better, and in few days was completely healed.
A woman went to Padre Pio’s Mass, leaving her child at home. When she
returned, the daughter was eating a candy. The mom asked where she got
the candy. The child pointed at a picture of Padre Pio. Later, after the
confession, Padre Pio said to the woman: “Did you want a candy too?”
The only child of Antonio Massa, of San Giovanni Rotondo, was gravely
ill and parents and relatives took turns taking care of him. One evening
he suddenly started laughing and told his mom: “Mommy, Mommy, Padre Pio
tickled my feet.” He was recovered.
Extending length of life in bilocation
Padre Michelangelo with Padre Pio
Padre Michelangelo Bellini reported that his grandma was over eighty
years old and in a coma, when he prayed Padre Pio that she could live
long enough to see him celebrate his first Mass.
By the morning she had made an extraordinary recovery and told him that
she had dreamed that a monk had brought her ten more years of life. She
lived exactly for ten more years.
Bilocation in Connecticut
Joe Spada was hospitalized with terminal cancer in 1975. He, his wife,
the nurses and other people at the hospital were frequently overcome by
the beautiful aroma of fresh flowers.
One night Joe was alone and saw Padre Pio sitting beside him. When his
wife Margie returned, her eyes fell on a handkerchief that she did not
recognize. As she reached for it, Joe said, "That's Padre Pio's
handkerchief. He put it there on the stand just before he left." Still
today on several occasions, Padre Pio's handkerchief has given off the
aroma of fresh flowers.
Fra Daniele kissing Padre Pio's hand
According to tradition in Loreto there is the house in which Mary lived.
Several times was reported that Padre Pio had been seen praying there in
One day Fra Daniele Natale took the courage to ask: “Padre, have you
ever been to Loreto?” “No.” “But people have seen you there!” “Oh! That
is something different.”
Bilocation in Uruguay
Mons. Fernando Damiani
In 1937, Mons. Fernando Damiani, General Vicar of Salto, Uruguay,
visiting Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, had an hearth attack that
lasted for two hours. Padre Pio was called. He was confessing and went
to see Mons. Damiani after the acute phase had subsided. He told him: “I
knew that you wouldn’t die, that’s why I continued the confessions.”
Damiani recovered and before returning to Uruguay he asked Padre Pio to
be helped in his final moments.
On September 1941 was held in Salto a Congress for Vocations, with the
intervention of several bishops, including Archbishop Antonio Maria
Barbieri of Montevideo. They were guests at the residence of Mons.
Alfredo Viola, Bishop of Salto.
On the 11th of September, after midnight Mons. Damiani had
another hearth attack. Mons. Barbieri heard a knocking at the door. The
door opened, and a voice said: “Go help Mons. Damiani who is dying.”
Mons. Barbieri run to Mons. Damiani. Mons. Damiani asked for the last
rites. Four bishops and six priests were present for the extreme
unction. A doctor visited the patient and said there was nothing he
could do. Mons. Damiani died peacefully about thirty minutes after last
rites. On the nightstand there was a draft of a telegram
shaking hands: “Padre Pio San Giovanni Rotondo – Continuous chest pains
are wiping me out.”
Mons. Viola went to San Giovanni Rotondo several times after Mons.
Damiani’s death. He wrote an account of the event, and gave it to the
In 1949 Mons Barbieri talked to Padre Pio about the event. Padre Pio
tried to dodge the questions and said smiling: “If you understood, let’s
not talk about it. How much more do you want to know?”
Mons. Alfredo Viola
In1958 Mons Viola gave to the friary a written sworn description on the
Mons. Barbieri asked Padre Pio to assist him on his deathbed. Padre Pio:”I
will die before you will, but I’ll assist you from heaven”. Barbieri
survived Padre Pio by eleven years.
On November 1921 Mother Teresa Salvadores was dying from cancer of the
stomach and a lesion of the aorta, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Monsignor
Damiani, when in San Giovanni Rotondo, had obtained a glove of Padre Pio.
Damiani applied the glove to her stomach and to her throat. She fell
asleep, and when she awoke she was cured. She reported that while asleep
Padre Pio touched her side “in the place were it hurt”, than breathed on
her “and spoke of such things that were not of this earth.”
Dr. Andrea Cardone talking to Padre Pio
Dr. Andrea Cardone made a written statement soon after Padre Pio’s
death: “I, the undersigned, Dr. Andrea Cardone, declare that I had a
conversation with Padre Pio on two occasions in my home in Pietrelcina.
The first was on February 18, 1965, at 9:00 AM, the second of September
23, 1968, at 6:00 AM. On both occasions Padre Pio was present in his
mortal flesh, and our conversation lasted several minutes.”
Dr. Cardone was Padre Pio’s physician when he lived in Pietrelcina.
One young man in Rome was ashamed of his normal custom of tipping his
hat when passing in front of a Catholic church. He was scared that his
friends would make fun of him. But one time he heard Padre Pio’s voice
in his ear saying: “Coward.” Later on, he met Padre Pio in person and
without saying anything Padre Pio said: “Next time it will be a
loudspeaker in the ear!”
Driving for Paris De Nunzio
Paris De Nunzio from Pietrelcina went to visit Padre Pio by car with a
friend who fell asleep at the wheel. While the car was swerving
uncontrolled, Paris cried:
“Padre Pio help us.”
The friend woke up and regained control of the car. At the convent,
Padre Pio: "Well you all arrived safe. I was driving the car."
Professor Enrico Medi reports that he was driving the narrow road to San
Giovanni, thinking that it was his daughter's birthday and she was
blowing the candles at that time.
He missed a narrow bend of the road, and was about to crash in an
incoming car. But the cars stopped few inches from each other.
That afternoon Padre Pio seeing him said: "You blow the candles, and I
drive the car."
Father John Esseff at the home of Mary Pyle
Mons. John Esseff
Mons. Esseff with Mother Theresa
Father John Esseff, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, in May of 1959,
accompanied by his friend Father Bob Calligan, made his first trip to
After visiting Rome, they wanted to see Padre Pio, but were told it was
difficult to approach him. They were told to reach San Giovanni Rotondo
and then ask for a woman by the name of
Mary Pyle “because she might
get us to see him.”
They did, “and Mary Pyle invited us to go to her cottage and have
something to eat. She put on the table some wine, some bread, and some
cheese for us. While those simple hospitalities were taking shape, I saw
Padre Pio come into the cottage and say to me: “What are you doing here?
Are you a curiosity seeker?”
“I was completely surprised! But I answered him what I had been
thinking. We talked about Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament. There was no
talk of wounds. We talked for about twenty minutes, and then he left. I
turned to Mary Pyle and I asked her: “Does he come here often?”
Her reply was strange: “We didn’t know that he was here. If he had a
conversation with you, he came to see you. No one else at the table saw
him here. He does that frequently. He has the gift of
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