Padre Pio – The Scent Of Roses!

On his travels through Italy, shortly after the end of World War II, Irish author Seán O’Faoláin arrived at San Giovanni Rotondo, in the sun-baked boot heel of Italy, hoping to encounter Padre Pio, the bearded Capuchin friar who bore the five wounds of Christ.

O’Faoláin waited in front of the chapel, Padre Pio, who was then aged 62, suddenly appeared, beating a path through the crowd on his way to say Mass. Directly in front of him was a sallow, keen-eyed youth. Without pausing, Padre Pio cried out in Italian, “Begone, Satan!” Later that day, the young man explained to O’Faoláin that he was a non-believer who had undergone a serious operation and had only come to San Giovanni to appease his mother. “He frightened me when he said, ‘Begone, Satan!’ he remarked, “I do not know how he knew that I am an agnostic.”

There were many mysterious things about Francesco Forgione, or Padre Pio, that puzzled the world since the stigmata appeared on his hands, feet and side in 1918. His ability to see into people’s souls was just one of them. Other phenomena included his ability to cure the sick and appear simultaneously in multiple locations.

The response of some Italian clergymen, who were jealous of his popularity, was vicious. They accused him of consorting with women, wearing perfume and conducting improper confessions. As a result, he was banned by the Vatican from saying public Masses, hearing lay confessions or meeting with devotees.

He was also accused of using carbolic acid to generate his wounds – an allegation dismissed by experts who questioned how he could have gouged them with acid on a daily basis without causing infection or death. Nor did the wounds, which lasted 50 years, reveal any signs of being caused in that way.

Exonerated in 1933 by Pope Pius XI, he soon became known, especially in Ireland, for his mysterious powers. Starting in the 1950s, Irish pilgrims flocked to see him and were startled by the miracles they witnessed. The lame cast off their crutches and walked. The blind recovered their sight. Tumours disappeared.

People who travelled smelled the strange perfumes emanating from his wounds. Others attending his confessions were shocked when he recounted sins only they could have known. He appeared at the bedsides of the sick in their homes. Irish devotees continued to visit him up to and after his death in 1968. They travelled to Rome for his beatification in 1999 and his canonisation in 2002. “After my death I will do more,” Padre Pio promised many times. From the miracles attributed to him since he died – 60 of which are included in my book Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses – he was certainly true to his word.


Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses is crammed full of Irish miracles and cures attributed to the nation’s favourite saint, who for 50 years bore the five wounds of Christ.

Recoveries from various cancers, including tumours and leukaemia, heart problems, depression, arthritis and multiple sclerosis are recalled. 

Remarkable revivals from brain injuries, infections, accidents, kidney failure, blood clots and problems in childbirth are also included.

Source: Irish Independent

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).