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Padre Pio

1887 - 1968

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Francesco Forgione, OFMCap, better known as Padre Pio and as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Italian: Pio da Pietrelcina; 25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968), was an Italian Franciscan 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. He was marked by stigmata in 1918, leading to several investigations by the Holy See. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Padre Pio has received more than 4,151,394 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Padre Pio is the 204th most popular religious figure (down from 174th in 2019), the 240th most popular biography from Italy (down from 212th in 2019) and the 89th 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 204 out of 2,238Before him are Ambrose, Pope Siricius, Pope Benedict XII, Pope Benedict VIII, Malik ibn Anas, and Pope Celestine III. After him are John of Nepomuk, Pope Adrian VI, Francis de Sales, Pope Innocent VII, Pope Felix I, and Pope Innocent IX.

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Among people born in 1887, Padre Pio ranks 10Before him are Charles I of Austria, Erich von Manstein, Chiang Kai-shek, Marcel Duchamp, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Ernst Röhm. After him are Arthur Rubinstein, Bernard Montgomery, Wilhelm Canaris, Jozef Tiso, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Among people deceased in 1968, Padre Pio ranks 6Before him are Yuri Gagarin, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, Marcel Duchamp, and Lise Meitner. After him are John Steinbeck, Otto Hahn, Robert F. Kennedy, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Lev Landau, and Trygve Lie.

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Among people born in Italy, Padre Pio ranks 240 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Paul V (1552), Pope Siricius (334), Pope Benedict VIII (980), Bernardo Bertolucci (1941), Pietro Perugino (1446), and Pope Celestine III (1106). After him are Didius Julianus (133), Giuseppe Mazzini (1805), Gianni Versace (1946), Pope Innocent VII (1339), Pope Felix I (300), and Juvenal (50).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Padre Pio ranks 89Before him are Pope Pius I (90), Pope Benedict XI (1240), Pope Paul V (1552), Pope Siricius (334), Pope Benedict VIII (980), and Pope Celestine III (1106). After him are Pope Innocent VII (1339), Pope Felix I (300), Pope Innocent IX (1519), Pope Lucius III (1110), Pope Benedict II (635), and Pope Urban I (222).