Book alleges that Padre Pio may have used carbolic acid to self-inflict his wounds

November 23rd, 2011 - 7:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Vatican, Nov 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new book claims that Italian saint Padre Pio might have used carbolic acid to inflict the stigmata wounds that made him so popular. The book titled “Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age” claims that correspondence between Padre and his pharmacist is the proof that he inflicted the wounds on himself.

The book which was written by Professor Sergio Luzzatto also claimed that the Vatican only canonized Padre after pressure from the public to do so. The canonization was done by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

The wounds of Padre who was born Francesco Forgione has often been the subject of debate. Two popes had publicly questioned the wounds but the Italian public seemed to love Padre more. In a survey which was conducted in 2007, the researchers claimed that more Italians prayed through Padre than they did through JESUS CHRIST or Virgin Mary.

The subject of stigmata has been a source of many debates over the centuries. The earliest recorded stigmata happened in Italy in 1224. Scientists and scholars have often debated about the authenticity of the wounds.

There have been hundreds of documented cases of stigmata over the years with several studies and books written on the subject.

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