Padre Pio Paperback

Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age

by Sergio Luzzatto;


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Padre Pio

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Padre Pio is one of the world's most beloved holy figures, more popular in Italy than the Virgin Mary and even Jesus. His tomb is the most visited Catholic shrine anywhere, drawing more devotees than Lourdes. His miraculous feats included the ability to fly and to be present in two places at once; an apparition of Padre Pio in midair prevented Allied warplanes from dropping bombs on his hometown. Most notable of all were his stigmata, which provoke heated controversy to this day. Were they truly God-given? A psychosomatic response to extreme devotion? Or, perhaps, the self-inflicted wounds of a charlatan? Now acclaimed historian Sergio Luzzatto offers a pioneering investigation of this remarkable man and his followers. Neither a worshipful hagiography nor a sensationalist expose, "Padre Pio" is a nuanced examination of the persistence of mysticism in contemporary society and a striking analysis of the links between Catholicism and twentieth-century politics.Granted unprecedented access to the Vatican archives, Luzzatto has also unearthed a letter from Padre Pio himself in which the monk asks for a secret delivery of carbolic acid - a discovery which helps explain why two successive popes regarded Padre Pio as a fraud, until pressure from Pio-worshipping pilgrims forced the Vatican to change its views.

Padre Pio by Sergio Luzzatto was published by Saint Martin's Press Inc. in November 2011. The ISBN for Padre Pio is 9780312611668.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSaint Martin's Press Inc. (November 2011)
Weight563g
Number of Pages384
Thickness22 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780312611668
ISBN-100312611668
Product Code4036386
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