Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age
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Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age

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The first historical appraisal of the astonishing life and times of a controversial twentieth-century saint

Padre Pio is one of the world's most beloved holy figures, more popular in Italy than the Virgin Mary and even Jesus. His tomb is the most visited Catholic shrine anywhere, drawing more devotees than Lourdes. His miraculous feats included the ability to fly and to be...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Picador (first published 2007)
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In questo libro padre Pio compare relativamente poco. Si tratta invece di un bell'affresco dell'Italia anni Venti-Cinquanta, attraverso una serie di figure e figuri più o meno loschi che orbitavano attorno al futuro santo: affaristi, intrallazzatori, gerarchi, poeti, beghine, vescovi e spie. E' la storia del "fenomeno padre Pio" quale movimento religioso di massa, forse il primo nell'era dei mass media, indagato con il piglio dell'antropologo culturale.

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I saw this book in my local library, and checked it out to learn more about the Capuchin friar; I grew up in a family with roots in southern Italy, and particularly in Apulia, so throughout my childhood I heard stories about Padre Pio and his miracles. Unfortunately, I learned very little about Padre Pio and quite a bit about socio-historical analyses of the motivations and machinations behind the growth of the cult of Padre Pio. The man himself never quite comes into focus, although Italy in th...more
Fredrick Danysh
Padre Pio was a Capuchin friar in Southern Italy during the first half of the twentieth century . After the appearance of stigma resembling that of Christ he gained a reputation for saintly works and miracles. This work evaluates his life and those works as well as his cult-like following and political influence both inside and outside the Church. A good and unbiased discourse.
Katie Brennan
what it lacked in readability at times it made up for in fascinating subject matter. rather than attempt to prove or disprove the stigmata and miracles of padre pio, the book looks at what the cult of pio says about italian society during and after the world wars, and the extent to which popular religiosity was connected to the cult of il duce. really fascinating!
The Frahorus
Ottima analisi storico-politica del "fenomeno Padre Pio", consigliatissimo.
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