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Joe Mantegna (Photo: PA)

Joe Mantegna will produce the film and take the role of Pio of Pietrelcina

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

‘Brusque to the point of being rude’, the Italian saint was only interested in one personality – the Son of God

The body of St Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (AP)

In 1964, Pope Paul VI lifted the unjust and severe restrictions on Padre Pio’s ministry

The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, April 24. The body of Padre Pio, who died in 1968, will be on display until at least September. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) (April 24, 2008)

Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Today we celebrate the feast of the saint who struggled with dark visions

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Seán O’Malley talks to Mary O’Regan about Irish abortion legislation, Pope Francis and his new role as a ‘super cardinal’

A Padre Pio devotee in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

St Pio of Pietrelcina, born 125 years ago, deserves to be celebrated by Catholics in Britain as well as Italy

Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 13/07/11

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Author shows that John XXIII was given false information about saint

An evacuee mother receives emergency food aid at the evacuation centre set up at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/03/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church