Padre Pio on Pope Pius XII: “I have seen him in Paradise”
After Pope Pius XII died on October 9th, 1958, a nun, Sr Pascalina Lehnert wrote to San Giovanni Rotondo and asked what were Padre Pio’s thoughts on Pope Pius XII. When Padre Pio was asked about the recently departed Pope Pius XII, Padre Pio wore a face that looked transfigured, answered; ‘he is in Paradise.’ When Padre Pio was pressed to give more detail he said; ‘yes, I have seen him in Paradise.’ It is a short, but significant example of Padre Pio’s supernatural knowledge. If only little accounts like this were better known – they would impress nobler and higher thoughts of heavenly realms and what we must strive for.
About Padre Pio’s statement that Pope Pius XII was in heaven, Father Agostino wrote in his Diary on November 18 th 1958: "Padre Pio was very sad for the death of Pope Pio XII. But Our Lord let him see the Pope in the glory of Paradise."