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New book claims Padre Pio faked his stigmata

Claims that Padre Pio's stigmata were self-inflicted with carbolic acid have resurfaced in a new book by Italian historian Sergio Luzzatto.
New book claims Padre Pio faked his stigmata

International
November 24, 2011
For 50 years, Italy's favourite saint Padre Pio stoically bore the stigmata - the bleeding marks corresponding to the wounds inflicted on the suffering crucified Christ. Pilgrims flocked to the monastery in the south of Itay where Pio once lived in a simple cell, and his reputation seemed assured when he was canonised in 2002 by John Paul II, the most popular pope of all time. But in a new book an Italian historian suggests the saint was nothing more than a fraud. Professor Sergio Luzzatto claims the 'stigmata' were not a miracle but were self-inflicted wounds using carbolic acid. He said he has found documents in libraries at the Vatican which apparently included a letter from an Italian pharmacist who claimed to have delivered the acid to the former monk. Full Story: Italy's favourite saint Padre Pio 'used carbolic acid to self-inflict stigmata' claims historian Source: Daily Mail   
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