Beatification of Padre Pio – Homily of Pope John Paul II Sunday, May 1999 “Sing a new song to the Lord! The summons of the entrance antiphon captures well the joy of so many of the faithful who have … Continue reading →
Padre Pio's parents, Grazio and Maria Giuseppa Forgione shared a long life of poverty and hard work on their tiny land holding. Three of their children died as infants. Grazio went to America twice to find work to sustain his family and to earn the needed money for Padre Pio's seminary education, while Maria Giuseppa remained at home to care for the family.