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What is the meaning behind the Padre Pio miracle prayer?

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The Padre Pio miracle prayer also known as the prayer for the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, has several references to the life of this Catholic saint. For instance, the line "You marked his body with five wounds" is a reference to his stigmata of hands, feet and side.

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The line "St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls," references the countless hours he spent providing confessional services and spiritual guidance to his parishioners. Pio's life was marked by long hours of prayer and continual physical and spiritual suffering. Throughout his career he touched many peoples' lives, granting them peace and, some claim, miraculous cures. His stigmata never healed, but continued to bleed intermittently for his entire life.

St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. He was ordained a priest in 1910, and his mysterious stigmata, or the five wounds of Our Lord's Passion, first appeared Sept. 20, 1918. St. Pio died on Sept. 23, 1968. His funeral was attended by nearly 100,000 people, and he was entombed in the crypt of Our Lady of Grace Church. On June 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio, making him a saint.

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