VATICAN CITY — On Saturday, Pope Francis said St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given his entire life in the service of God’s mercy. The Holy Father said there is only one reason he was able to do so: prayer.
“We can say that Padre Pio was a servant of mercy. He did so full time, practicing, at times in exhaustion, the apostolate of listening,” the Pope said Feb. 6.
Through his ministry in the confessional, where he would at times spend 10-15 hours a day, the saint was able to become “a caress of the living Father, who heals the wounds of sin and refreshes the heart with peace.”
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