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'Offering prayers of thanksgiving when prayers are not answered can be very good for our soul ' (CNS)

Disappointments can actually help us to grow in trust and humility

A statue of Padre Pio covered with rosaries stands in Mergellina bay, in Naples (PA)

There are three disciplines we must all adopt in order to try and achieve sainthood

St John Bosco said that prayer before the Blessed Sacrament was crucial in the fight against temptation (CNS)

Francis Phillips reviews Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen

On Good Friday, our iPhone might pose the greatest distraction ( Yui Mok/PA Wire)

This day is a challenge for iPhone owners, bloggers and Facebook users

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’