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The interior and side chapel of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beloit, Kansas, which will house a first-class relic of St. Padre Pio starting Feb. 11, 2024.

Chapel housing first-class Padre Pio relic to open in Kansas this weekend

Feb 10, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The inaugural chapel, located inside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beloit, Kansas, opens Feb. 11. Read more

Actor Shia LaBeouf was confirmed on Dec. 31, 2023, by Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Robert Barron.

Shia LaBeouf enters Catholic Church, considers vocation to the diaconate

Jan 3, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf was received into the Catholic Church with the sacrament of confirmation by Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio.

How an extraordinary healing led to the creation of The National Centre for Padre Pio

Sep 23, 2023

By Leonardo Colon

The intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, whose feast day is celebrated Sept. 23, has been the source of many... Read more

"Padre Pio," starring Shia LaBeouf, airs in theaters June 2, 2023.

New ‘Padre Pio’ film is a human look at the famous saint, filmmakers say

Jun 1, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Actor Shia LaBeouf says he leaned on the saint’s famous motto anytime things were difficult while making the film: Pray,... Read more

Shia LaBeouf and Brother Alexander Rodriguez, a real Franciscan friar who makes an appearance in the film, are close friends in real life.

Shia LaBeouf stars in ‘Padre Pio’ film to be released June 2

Mar 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The actor Shia LaBeouf, who plays the role of Padre Pio, spent four months living with Capuchin friars while preparing... Read more

Artist Timothy P. Schmalz touches the hands of Padre Pio in one of his sculptures.

Padre Pio sculptor’s work to be blessed on saint’s feast day: ‘I have to honor him’

Sep 23, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Catholic artist Timothy P. Schmalz calls Padre Pio his favorite saint. And so, when he learned that four of his... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley celebrates Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo for the feast of Padre Pio Sept. 23, 2022

Cardinal O’Malley: ‘Padre Pio shows us the power of the cross’

Sep 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The archbishop of Boston celebrated Mass on Sept. 23 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, in the Church of Saint Pio... Read more

“Padre Pio” director Abel Ferrara poses for a portrait at the Giorgio Franchetti gallery at Ca’ d’Oro in Venice, Italy, on Aug. 22, 2022.

From porn to ‘Padre Pio’: Meet the director who felt drawn to tell the saint’s story

Aug 30, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Abel Ferrara began his movie-making career directing pornogaphy. Now he’s making a movie about Padre Pio. Read more

Shia LaBeouf arrives for the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 3, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Shia LaBeouf embraces the Catholic faith: Here's what we know

Aug 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

To better understand the steps necessary to enter the Catholic Church and the actor's spiritual journey, CNA spoke to a... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).

Padre Pio was canonized on this day 20 years ago

Jun 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

An anniversary Mass was celebrated at San Giovanni Rotondo. Read more

The body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Padre Pio's relics coming to national shrine in DC

May 18, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina never visited the United States during his time on earth, but now his relics — which... Read more

The body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina at San Lorenzo fuori le mura, Rome, Feb. 3, 2016.

Father John Paul Mary: Overcoming an irrational fear of St Padre Pio

May 25, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Early in his priesthood, Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA, employee chaplain of EWTN, had an ‘irrational fear’ of Saint... Read more

Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina.

Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

Sep 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian archbishop has opened the cause for beatification of a Capuchin friar and spiritual son of St. Padre Pio.  Read more

Matteo Pio Colella (L), the young man cured by Padre Pio.

Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

Nov 19, 2018

Matteo Pio Colella was just 7 years old when he contracted a deadly disease. Doctors believed there was no hope... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass outside the Sanctuary of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo March 17, 2018.

Prayer is about being with God, not stress relief, Francis says

Mar 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday Pope Francis asked Catholics if they try to pray as Jesus did – out of love for God... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in Pietrelcina, Italy March 17, 2018.

Pope Francis in Pietrelcina: Padre Pio loved Mother Church

Mar 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Speaking Saturday in Pietrelcina, the town where St. Padre Pio was born, Pope Francis encouraged devotion to Holy Mother Church,... Read more

Padre Pio.

Pope Francis to visit towns where Padre Pio lived and died

Mar 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday, Pope Francis will make a short trip to the Italian towns of Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo, the... Read more

Sister Consolata di Santo.

Religious sister who worked with Padre Pio dies at 101

Mar 8, 2018

Sister Consolata di Santo, one of the first religious sisters to work in the hospital developed by St. Padre Pio,... Read more

Padre Pio.

St. Padre Pio's relics are touring the US!

Aug 28, 2017

Relics of St. Padre Pio will soon be touring the United States, with stops at a number of dioceses during... Read more

Statue of Padre Pio.

The modern – and little known – miracles of Padre Pio

Sep 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active”... Read more