Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Padre Pio: The first priest to receive the wounds of Christ on the cross
This short documentary has a very wobbly picture, and is perhaps best watched on the small screen. The narrator, however does a splendid job of ably connecting the earliest life of this great saint to the stigmata he endured first at the age of 24 and then more publically and profoundly at the tender age of 31 in 1918. The documentary does not describe that for the next fifty years from 1918 to St. Pio’s death in 1968, the wounds would confound objective science. Key characteristics of Padre Pio’s stigmata were that the wounds ran with blood, often accompanied with the sweetest fragrance, this scent in itself came to be regarded as a miracle.