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50th Anniversary of the death of Padre Pio 2018


Padre Pio, born in Italy by the name of Francesco Forgione on May 25th 1887, was a Capuchin monk who gained popularity for bearing stigmata - bodily marks including bleeding corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was known to have consistently prayed for the visible wounds to disappear though he was still prepared to keep on suffering their pain though out of the public eye.

He spent 58 years of his life bearing these wounds while also suffering other illnesses. There are several claims of miracles attributed to Padre Pio. The church officially recognised two of his miracles; the curing of an 11 year old Italian boy who had meningitis and was in coma and also the mysterious recovery of a woman suffering from a lung disease. Padre Pio died on September 23rd 1968 at the age of 81. Upon his death the stigmata wounds inexplicably healed. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on 16th June 2002.

The stamp features a painting of the Saint, by the Maltese Capuchin monk 'Patri Krispin'.

Born by the name of Salvinu Tabone, Patri Krispin dedicated most of his life to help the poor and emarginated both in Africa as well as in Malta, embracing and adopting the teachings of St Francis of Assisi in the true sense of the word. In his spare time he painted and the image featured on the stamp is from an artwork of his found at the Capuchin Church Santa Liberata in Kalkara, which church also features on the miniature sheet.
  • Date Of Issue:
  • 22 Sep 2018

Issue Items

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  • Items marked with a in standard issue belong to the standard issue.
  • FDC w Padre Pio 2018 - €4.13

    in standard issue
  • MS Padre Pio 2018 - €3.54

    in standard issue
  • PP w MS Padre Pio 2018 - €5.02

  • SF w Padre Pio 2018 - €4.72

    in standard issue

Issue Stamps

  • MS Padre Pio 2018