Born in Southern Italy in 1887, the Capuchin friar Padre Pio spent the greater part of his ling life in a remote mountain friary of that region. From the dramatic moment in 1918 when he received the stigmata, he attracted crowds from all parts of the world to the little town of San Giovanni Rotondo. Apart from the stigmata, he had exceptional charismatic gifts.
He read mens hearts, obtained temporal and spiritual favours for many and possessed the most unusual gifts. Innumerable pilgrims travel today to San Giovanni Rotondo to pray at his simple tomb and the Cause from his Beatification was opened shortly after his death.