Father Pius of Pietrelcina was born in 1887 and died in 1968 in the Capuchin convent in San Giovanni Rotondo. There he dedicated half a century almost exclusively to hearing the confessions of the thousands who came to see him, attracted by his saintly reputation and the numerous miracles and extraordinary events that surrounded his life. Above all, the stigmata he received as a young man, which made him live the passion of Christ in his own flesh.
John Paul II beatified him in 2002, with the largest attendance ever for a canonization. And since then, his name, already venerated in Italy, has spread far and wide over the earth.
José María Zavala, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Pius’s death, has written his most personal book yet covering this man about whom so much remains to be said.