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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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Metropolitan Books (first published 2007)
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Czarny Pies
Feb 08, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Si on peut se fier a l'auteur Sergio Luzzatto, le brave Padre Pio a participé dans plus de larcins qu'Arsene Lupin avec autant de brio et de succes. Padre Pio a été donc un bandit et un charmeur. C'est fort possible qu'il a été bel et bien un homme de Dieu. Pendant sa longue carriere beaucoup d'argent a passé entre ses mains mais rien n'est resté dans ses poches. Il a vecu dans un pauvreté exemplaire pendant toute sa vie.

Luzzatto constate qu'il y a eu des grandes fluctuations dans la cotte de po
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Mar 18, 2016 Richard Demma rated it liked it
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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.

Un ritratto spietato del clerico-fascismo c

Nov 26, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: faith, history
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
Mar 13, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, biographies
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
Dec 13, 2012 Katie Brennan rated it liked it
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!
Ottima analisi storico-politica del "fenomeno Padre Pio", consigliatissimo.
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Sergio Luzzatto is the author of Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, which won the prestigious Cundill Prize in History, and of The Body of Il Duce: Mussolini's Corpse and the Fortunes of Italy. A professor of history at the University of Turin, Luzzatto is a regular contributor to Il Sole 24 Ore.
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