• Short Summary

    A CAPUCHIN MONK WHO WAS CLAIMED TO HAVE BORNE THE STIGMATA - OR THE FIVE CRUCIFIXION WOUNDS SUFFERED BY CHRIST - FOR FIFTY YEARS DIED YESTERDAY AT FOGGIA IN ITALY.

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    A CAPUCHIN MONK WHO WAS CLAIMED TO HAVE BORNE THE STIGMATA - OR THE FIVE CRUCIFIXION WOUNDS SUFFERED BY CHRIST - FOR FIFTY YEARS DIED YESTERDAY AT FOGGIA IN ITALY. HE WAS PADRE PIO, WHO WAS REGARDED BY MANY PEOPLE, BOTH IN ITALY AND ABROAD AS A LIVING SAINT.

    NEWS OF HIS DEATH REACHED PARISHIONERS WHO WERE ATTENDING DAWN MASS AT THE CHURCH OF SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. MASS WAS TO HAVE BEEN CELEBRATED BY THE PRIEST, AGED 81.

    HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS FILED INTO THE CHURCH DURING YESTERDAY TO PAY FINAL RESPECT TO THE ELDERLY PRIEST WHOSE BODY LAY IN STATE IN AN OPEN COFFIN. POPE PAUL IS REPORTED TO HAVE OFFERED PRAYERS IN ROME ON LEARNING OF THE DEATH.

    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDED PADRE PIO. THE VATICAN REFUSED TO GIVE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION TO HIS STIGMATA OR REPORTED MIRACLES, AND FOR A TIME THE HOLY SEE FORBADE PADRE PIO FROM MAKING PUBLIC APPEARANCES.

    HE AMASSED A FORTUNE IN GIFTS OVER THE YEARS, AND IN 1956 OPENED A HOSPITAL IN FOGGIA COSTING GBP1-MILLION STERLING. HE WAS RELEASED FROM THE CAPUCHIN VOW OF POVERTY BY POPE PIUS THE TWELFTH, AND IN RECENT YEARS ADMINISTRATION OF HIS FUNDS HAS BEEN HANDLED BY THE VATICAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADISU3D1WSWV50UZU2V1NLGBJL
    Media URN:
    VLVADISU3D1WSWV50UZU2V1NLGBJL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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