By Bad Seed
Padre Pio was born to Maria Giuseppa (Di Nunzio - her maiden name) and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina, a little town located a few miles from Benevento in southern Italy, on May 25, 1887. He was baptised Francesco in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Our Lady of Angels), the old parish church, located in Pietrelcina. He entered the monastery of Morcone, at the 15 years of age, on January 6, 1903 as a novitiate of the Capuchin Friars. A ...