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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Airtraffic Controllers Union Feast of St. Pius of Pietreclina, September 24

Padre Pio to you and me.

The heart of Padre Pio, the sainted Italian priest and mystic who bore stigmata, will be on display on Sunday at a church in Vineland, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
The relic of the Capuchin friar, now known officially as St. Pio of Pietrelcina and whose feast day is today, will be at Our Lady of Pompeii Church as part of its 14th annual St. Padre Pio festival.
“It’s huge,” the Rev. Robert Sinatra, pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii and festival founder, told the Press. “This is really a once in a lifetime opportunity.” He's expecting 6,000 people.
Many Allied aviation pilots of various nationalities (English, American, Polish, Palestinian) and of varied religions (Catholic, Orthodox, Moslem, Protestant, Jewish) who during the Second World War, after September 8, 1943, were based in Bari to undertake missions on Italian territory, testified to an amazing occurrence.
Each time, while fulfilling their Italian military mission, they approached the zone of the Gargano, in the environs of San Giovanni Rotondo, they saw in the sky a Friar, who in stretching out his wounded hands, prevented them from dropping their bombs. Foggia and almost all of the centers of Puglia were subjected to repeated bombardment; on San Giovanni Rotondo not one bomb fell. 

This event, which is to say the least unheard of, was directly witnessed by the general of Aeronautica Italiana Bernardo Rosini, who at that time was part of the "United Air Command" operating out of Bari with the Allied air forces. "Each time that the pilots returned from their missions," General Rosini told me, "they spoke of this Friar that appeared in the sky and diverted their airplanes, making them turn back.  
Someone told the commanding general that in a convent at this little town of San Giovanni Rotondo, there lived a saintly man, a friar in the odor of sanctity. At war's end, the general wanted to go meet this person. "He was accompanied by several pilots," Rosini continued. "He went to the convent of the Capuchins. As soon as he crossed the threshold of the sacrisity he found himself in front of several friars, among whom he immediately recognized the one who had 'stopped' his planes. Padre Pio went forward to meet him, and putting his hand on his shoulder, he said, "So, you're the one who wanted to get rid of us all!" If there had been any doubt before....

I can't seem to imbed this video, but it's Pio related: