Padre Pio Carbolic Acid
November 23, 2011 by staff
Padre Pio claimed the circular cuts on his hands, which bled constantly for 50 years, mirrored those which Jesus suffered on the cross.
His millions of followers believed he had incredible healing powers, as well as the ability to be in two places at once.
Pio, whose real name was Francesco Forgione, died in 1968, aged 81, and was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
However, a new book about the Italian monk claims he was a cheat who faked his wounds.
Historian Sergio Luzzatto claims to have unearthed documents, stored in the Vatican, prove he used carbolic acid to inflict the injuries on himself.
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