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The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After entering the Capuchin Order it becomes clear that Padre Pio (his new name) has powers which can not be explained rationally: he heals the sick, knows the names, problems and future of complete strangers. His prophesies the then unknown young Karol Wojtyla that he will become Pope one day. Padre Pio's charity and extatic prayers make an great impression on the people. In 1918 the Wounds of Christ appear on his hands and feet- Padre Pio carries the stigmata. His followers multiply, and the cult that grows up arround him makes his holy order and the Vatican uneasy. Many within the church consider him to be an hysteric or a trickster, since he only shows his wounds the one time when they first appeared. Padre Pio suffers reprisals, he is no longer allowed to carry out his role as a priest. The ordinary ... Written by
This movie is indeed excellent: an orthodox and accurate portrayal of the life of this saint, void of sappy pious scenes (unlike "Therese"), yet inspirational in its realism (like "A Man for All Seasons").
It relates the life of this beautiful man from his early childhood till his death. Set in the lush hills of Southern Italy (east of Naples), the movie relates the early life of Padre Pio until his death. The focus is on his vocation (to the Capuchin friars and the priesthood), his service (confessions, mass, correspondence), and his gifts (the stigmata, reading of souls) which all emanate from his Christ-like person. One also admires his relationships among family, friends, and spiritual family. All the accounts are based on accurate historical information.
Any one the least bit interested in Padre Pio should see it despite its unavailability in many stores. The Italian nature of the film is endearing too. If you can't rent it, then buy it because it's worth $25.
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