Padre Pio Under Investigation
The Secret Vatican Files, by Fr. Francesco Castelli. Secret Vatican files which have been buried for forty years reaffirm the holiness of this saintly man. On June 14, 1921, Bishop Raffaello Carlo Rossi from the Holy Office suddenly appears at the convent in San Giovanni Rotondo. The mission: to secretly investigate the mystery surrounding the stigmatic Capuchin, Padre Pio. And so begins an eight day investigation of interrogation and depositions from Padre Pio himself, as well as those who knew him well. The testimonies cover the holy saint's physical and mental health, his numerous charisms, as well as the mysterious stigmata. The book consists of three parts. The first one presents the story of the Apostolic visit of 1921 and includes the contents and analysis of the interrogation. The second part contains the full transcript of the visit. In the final part is an appendix with a collection of letters between Padre Pio and his spiritual director. It also offers five appendices and supplemental material including a chronology of his life which may be useful if this is your first acquaintance with Padre Pio. Softcover, 301 pages.