Padre Pio

1887 - 1968

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Pio of Pietrelcina (born Francesco Forgione; 25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968), widely known as Padre Pio (Italian for 'Father Pius'), was an Italian Capuchin friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, celebrated on 23 September. Pio joined the Capuchins at fifteen and spent most of his religious life in the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Padre Pio has received more than 5,429,154 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Padre Pio is the 224th most popular religious figure (down from 206th in 2019), the 254th most popular biography from Italy (down from 239th in 2019) and the 99th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Padre Pio is most famous for his stigmata. He was a Catholic priest who received the wounds of Christ's crucifixion in his hands, feet, and side.

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Among religious figures, Padre Pio ranks 224 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Alexander VIII, Pope Leo I, Pope Clement IV, Pope John XV, Pope Urban IV, and Pope John XIX. After him are Pope Adrian I, Pope Clement XI, Pope Gregory X, Pope Innocent VI, Amos, and Pope Lucius II.

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Among people born in 1887, Padre Pio ranks 9Before him are Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Chiang Kai-shek, Erich von Manstein, Charles I of Austria, and Srinivasa Ramanujan. After him are Ernst Röhm, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Arthur Rubinstein, Jozef Tiso, Bernard Montgomery, and Wilhelm Canaris. Among people deceased in 1968, Padre Pio ranks 7Before him are Yuri Gagarin, Helen Keller, Marcel Duchamp, Martin Luther King Jr., Lise Meitner, and Otto Hahn. After him are John Steinbeck, Lev Landau, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Robert F. Kennedy, Trygve Lie, and Max Brod.

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Among people born in Italy, Padre Pio ranks 254 out of 5,161Before him are Cesare Lombroso (1835), Pope John XV (1000), Diodorus Siculus (-90), Cimabue (1240), Pope John XIX (975), and Luigi Pirandello (1867). After him are Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Clement XI (1649), Pope Gregory X (1210), Marie de' Medici (1575), Lucius Verus (130), and Bernardo Bertolucci (1941).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Padre Pio ranks 99Before him are Pope Innocent XIII (1655), Pope Pelagius II (520), Pope Alexander VIII (1610), Pope Leo I (390), Pope John XV (1000), and Pope John XIX (975). After him are Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Clement XI (1649), Pope Gregory X (1210), Pope Lucius II (1100), Pope Adeodatus I (570), and Pope Celestine V (1215).