Pablo Pio is a well known Italian priest who was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II.
Some details of his special abilities
Saint Pio is a man who healed literally thousands — while he was
still alive; who could read souls — knowing in case after case exactly what a person in Confession had done; who was seen in dozens of cases in bilocation (appearing far from where he actually was). There were accounts that defy the belief of even the most ardent believer: a sighting of him at the Vatican, even though he never left the San Giovanni monastery; the transfiguration of his face into that of Jesus’ during the Consecration; a worker named Giovanni Savino who lost an eye that later materialized under the bandages after Pio visited him in bilocation.
No word on whether the face of Jesus referred to here was the European version or the Semitic version.
Some of his greatest trials were the result of the demons who haunted his nights.
The demons, furious at seeing him so devoted to the Lord, left him no respite, and disturbed him continuously as their worst enemy. Unable of diverting him from his holy resolutions with their Satanic threats and trickery, they waged against him at night a fiery fight, of which the invincible soldier of Christ kept more than once the visible marks on his body. These diabolical scenes were often followed by ineffable celestial visions that put on his face the reflection of a high spirituality.
High spirituality or mental illness? I know where my money would lie.
Speaking of lying, one of the things he was most known for was his stigmata—the wounds of crucifixion on his hands and feet. However, a new book challenges the heavenly source of these wounds.
Italian historian Professor Sergio Luzzatto has discovered documents including a letter from a pharmacist who arranged carbolic acid for Pio.
Professor Luzzatto suggests in Padre Pio: Miracle and Politics in a Secular Age that it was the corrosive acid that caused the bleeding on the saint’s hands.
Of course, the Vatican denies these claims.
Professor Luzzatto previously referred to the documents, found in the Vatican’s archive, in The Other Christ: Padre Pio and 19th Century Italy.
His claims were dismissed by the Catholic Anti-Defamation League in 2007.
The Catholic Church would have no intention to take another look at one of its saints, as canonization is one of the declarations that is backed by the concept of Papal Infallibility. If Pablo Pio, or any other saint were to be exposed as a fraud, it would be another spear in the side of the Catholic Church. Not a snowball’s chance in hell of recognition from the Vatican that this book might be accurate.