Growing up in a poor family in Italy, Padre Pio faced numerous health issues. He had a deep spirituality and decided at age 5 that he would dedicate his life to God. When he entered the Capuchin friars at age 15, he chose the name Pio after Pope Pius I whose relic he often saw at his local chapel.
One day, while praying, he felt pain in his hands and feet, and saw a stigmata forming - like the wounds of Christ. The wounds bled, and continued to weep, but never became infected, and smelled of roses. This miracle gained him a lot of unwanted popularity which he used for good to open a hospital. Padre Pio was most known for his piety, charity, and the quality of his preaching.
He famously advised, "Pray, hope, and don't worry."
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