Padre Pio Patron Saint

Padre Pio: A Patron Saint for the Unborn 

The Blessed Mother said to him: “I am entrusting this unborn child to your care and protection.”

Frank Rega


     While two patron saints are generally invoked for the protection of the unborn, St. Joseph and St. Gerard Majella, neither is specifically designated by the Church for that cause.  St. Gerard is in fact the patron of expectant mothers, and by accommodation becomes a patron for the unborn.   St. Joseph has often been proposed as a patron saint of the unborn, because of his role as protector of the Holy Family and patron of the Universal Church. (St. Raymond Nonnatus, who was born by Caesarean section in the year 1204, is the patron saint of childbirth.)  

    However, St. Padre Pio has a specific claim to the honor of patron saint of the unborn, since it is a prerogative that was confirmed by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself.  

     The story begins in 1905, well before he became famous for his stigmata and other spiritual gifts. At that time he was still a seminarian, known as Brother Pio, and was assigned to the humble friary of St. Elia a’ Pianisi, in southern Italy.  After his involvement in an unusual and striking spiritual encounter, Brother Pio immediately wrote everything down and handed it to his spiritual director, Padre Agostino.  The note eventually became part of the documentation presented to the Vatican during the process of his canonization over seventy-five years later.                                        







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Frank Rega is the author of:  Padre Pio and America,
St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims,

The Greatest Catholic President: Garcia Moreno of Ecuador
  Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - Journeys in the Divine Will 
vols. 1 and 2
Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - volume 3 in preparation
 The Truth about Padre Pio's Stigmata and Other Wonders of the Saint
Vatican II, Evolution, and Medjugorje: Hubris, Heresy, and Mystery


This page was last updated on 02/09/14