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Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found

Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found

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Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found in His Tomb?
Catholic Family News ^ 
| October 2002 | Anne McGinn CillisPosted on
Thursday, October 17, 2002 8:20:03 PM
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Land of the Irish
Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found in His Tomb? by Anne McGinn CillisAn astounding piece of news has recently come to light, which very well might be the most spectacular of all the miracles attributed to the now-canonized Saint Padre Pio.[Padre Pio was canonized on June 16, 2002. His feast day is September 23.]Reportedly, an exhumation was conducted by order from the Vatican, preparatory to his Beatification in Rome on May 2, 1999, and overseen by Silvio Cardinal Oddi [+June 23, 2001] and other required canonical witnesses.Padre Pio's tomb is encased in Italian marble weighing three tons, originally lowered by a crane over the casket of the Saint, and then cemented to the concrete floor of thecrypt in the Capuchin church of Santa Maria della Grazie, attached to the monastery where Padre Pio lived for over fifty years, and who died there in his cell. When thecoffin in which his body had been laid to rest after lying in state in the church sanctuary, was opened in the presence of witnesses, it was found to be completely empty,except for three notable items.These items were: his robe, his white cincture and his Franciscan sandals. There was no dust, nor residue of deteriorated remains. Nothing. Only the above mentioneditems.John McCaffery [R.I.P.], the author of The Friar of San Giovanni: Tales of Padre Pio, was a close friend of Padre Pio. John was also a dear friend of this writer.Once he told me a fascinating story. "I am only a poor monk who prays," Padre Pio used to say to John, and the sight of vast throngs milling about outside his monastery,truly consternated and perplexed him, so great was his humility."Oh Padre " said John "I know that thousands do come. But after you die, pilgrims coming here will be in the millions!"Apparently, Padre Pio looked at him with a strange expression. "John," he said slowly, emphasizing every word, "Let them come! I will not be here!"I was to have on occasion over the many years that would pass, to ponder, and wonder what these strange words of Padre Pio to my friend, John McCaffery might mean.
 
This writer has interviewed three prominent and credible traditionalists regarding the origin of this amazing story of the empty tomb in the crypt of Padre Pio's church, inSan Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.All three agree that at the time of the exhumation, "Nothing was said, except they closed the coffin and told everyone nothing."Father Carl Pulvermacher, OFM, Cap., well-known in the United States and Canada, and who will celebrate his Golden Jubilee of Fifty Years of Priesthood on September 3 of this year, has corroborated this story, and referred me to Robert and Christine di Cecco in Connecticut. I have spoken to both these persons, and apparently the lateCardinal Oddi related the facts to a priest named Chamoine de Porta from France who was the Cardinal's close friend. Chamoine de Porta is also a close friend of Christinedi Cecco's family, and told the di Cecco's this story.Witnesses were evidently told to remain silent as it appears the monks now occupying Padre Pio's monastery did not want this news to be known. If true, one wonderswhy.San Giovanni Rotondo is now totally Novus Ordo [against everything that Padre Pio stood for]. Saint Padre Pio is a hero of the restoration of true Catholicism. He wantednothing to do with the post-Conciliar liturgical revolution and said the Tridentine Mass until the last day of his life.Readers are encouraged to write to Catholic Family News if they have any information that either challenges or confirms this remarkable story.
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Thursday, October 17, 2002 8:20:04 PM
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Wow..During the cannization of St. Pio...one individual sent an email telling of the experience...they also stated St Pio was there but stated that would be for a storyanother time..never found out..sigh.
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Thursday, October 17, 2002 8:31:54 PM
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Unbelievable. I am speechless.Thank you so much for finding and posting this.
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Thursday, October 17, 2002 8:43:02 PM
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A big ping for Saint Padre Pio. Apparently old news that we are just learning about.
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When the coffin in which his body had been laid to rest after lying in state in the church sanctuary, was opened in the presence of witnesses, it was found to becompletely empty, except for three notable items.
Is it possible (perhaps at the wish of St. Padre Pio) that only those 3 items were entombed while his body was buried elsewhere? Purely conjecture but a person of suchhumility might have anticipated the parade of humans to his tomb and requested that he be laid to rest somewhere else.
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Thats it he must be Jesus:>)
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sacrilege is funny to you?
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Great story and believable especially considering the fact that he was known to bilocate (and also because he bore the stigmata). I'd like to see this corroboratedsomewhere else though. I can't see why anyone would want to keep this a secret. The Vatican reported the news regarding John XXIII incorrupt body pretty quickly.
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