Friend and Future Saint
Mario Avignone served as a sergeant in the Army, shipping out on Christmas Eve 1943, singing “Silent Night” with hundreds of other teary eyed soldiers as they sailed off to Naples. He was stationed near San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of Padre Pio. Born with the stigmata of Christ, the future saint befriended Avignone and two of his comrades-at-arms. Returning from the war with a bit of the linen that bound one of the holy man’s hands, Avignone attributes a pair of miracles to this precious relic.
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