Joe Little reports on the beatification of Padre Pio by Pope John Paul II on 2 May 1999.

The Italian friar who died in 1968 bore wounds similar to those of Christ. Over a thousand Irish went to Rome for the ceremony and masses were held in Ireland, where his order the Capuchins had a long-standing connection.

Both Padre Pio and Pope John Paul II were later canonised, Pio in 2002 and the Pope in 2014.

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