Padre Pio: Man of Hope, by Renzo Allegri

I was already convinced of Padre Pio’s blessedness before I read this book. Although if I were not convinced, I think it would’ve made me think otherwise.

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I liked Renzo Allegri’s journalistic approach. His writing is clean, crisp, and clear, no nonsense and all business.  It is not a book that has a religious axe to grind, in the sense that it’s an attempt to proselytize and convert people. The book reads like a true piece of investigative journalism.

Allegri draws upon personal and professional statements from doctors, clergy, and Vatican records. I can see some skeptics claiming that this book is an attempt to proselytize #Catholicism because of the conclusions it draws. However, Renzo’s final analyses are the results of logic and fact-finding that inevitably lead to supernatural conclusions, and bring total vindication to the status of Padre Pio’s sainthood.

If you wish to be inspired by the life of the last stigmatist who was examined by twentieth century medicine, then this is a must-read. Molto bene Signor Allegri.