Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God - Part 21

EXTERIOR SCENE - GENOVA RUINS, AUGUST 1944 - DAYTIME

Fra Vittorio is stumbling over smoking ruins. PANORAMA shows utter devastation as far as the eye can see. Every building around is flattened a la Hiroshima. And just as the Hiroshima Prefectural Hall stood alone at Ground Zero, a humble house stands perfectly intact in the middle of the tabula rasa. But in the case of this building, the stucco shows no signs of shrapnel and even the windows are intact, as if it were encased in a protective bubble during the bombardments. Fra Vittorio runs towards it, falling over rocks and cutting himself on sharp metal and glass shards. He continues to run in a frenzy, bruised and bleeding. As he approaches, the front door slams open and various perfectly healthy FAMILY MEMBERS rush out, VITTORIO'S MOTHER leading the group with arms outstretched.

VITTORIO'S MOTHER

Vittorio! Vittorio!

FRA VITTORIO

Mammina! Mammina!

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO FRIAR'S CELL, APRIL 1945 - DAYTIME

57 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO is on his knees in frantic prayer. He concentrates hard and pleads for God's mercy.

EXTERIOR SCENE - MILANO PIAZZALE LORETO, APRIL 1945 - DAYTIME

The body of BENITO MUSSOLINI, shot and hung upside down in the Piazza is being abused by the mob who are throwing rocks and spitting on it. A MAN IN MOB steps up to the corpse and begins to urinate on it.

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO FRIAR'S CELL, APRIL 1945 - DAYTIME

57 year-old Padre Pio is murmuring in fervent prayer.

57 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

... into Your hands I recommend the spirit of... my good friend... Benito Mussolini. Allow him to find the peace of Heaven at Your side...

INTERVIEW MONTAGE, TODAY - VARIOUS

A succession of interviews is shown from around the world, with the identifying information of the individuals as a SUPER. Each interview subject is shown a picture of Padre Pio.

INTERVIEWER

(THE VOICE IS HEARD OVER THE SCENE)

What do you know of this man? His name was Padre Pio.

 

ROGER LUMLEY, RANCHER, OGDEN, UTAH

Yeah, I'm Latter Day Saints, but my ranchhand is Guatemalan. They're stark ravin' crazy about him down there. He's from somewhere down there, he's like 150 years old, has holes in his head and does miracles and things, right? Is he a Christian?

RENE PARENTEAU, HOSPITAL ORDERLY, SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC

Padre Pio! Maman has pictures of this man all over our house. Partout! She swears that she knows dozens of people who have had him make tumours disappear. Padre Pio cured this. Padre Pio cured that. J'en ai plein le cul, Tabernac!

HANS DEGROOT, ENGINEERING STUDENT, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

That's not Padre Whatever... That's Obi Wan Kenobi!

SEAMUS KAVANAGH, SHOPKEEPER, CORK, IRELAND

Padre Pio! A blessed saint he is, a blessed saint.

(raising a glass of Guinness)

Padre Pio!

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face...

DASHAYNA DROUGHNS, HAIRDRESSER, BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Who the hell is that? That's one freaky lookin' muther!

KAHOKU JACKSON, CHAMPION SURFER, KANEOHE, HAWAII

Yeah... yeah... I heard about this haole monk. He used to bang two, three chicks a day even when he was eighty years old. Man, I'd love to be able to do that at his age! Amen to that, brah! Aloooooha!

JACOB LEAVITT, STOCKBROKER, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

No. He looks like a bum. I'm late for a meeting, get out of my way.

RICHARD K. SOMMERFELDT, PH.D., MEDICAL RESEARCHER, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

... since during long spells of prayer, the believer becomes exhausted, the result of excessive excitation of nerve cells due to strained body posture and concentration of sensory centres. The believer thus enters a deep hypnotic state, his delusional beliefs of 'holy wounds' turn out to be strong suggestions and he develops blisters and wounds in the palms and chest. Besides, stigmata in the palms adhere to standards established in classical paintings. Actual crucifixion is affixed through the wrists and...

JAMAL “KOOL J. DOGG” THIBAULT, CLUB DJ, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Dude's got cool duds, but he needs more bling and he's really gotta ditch the beard. Bitches hate it.

GEMINO BALAGTAS, TOUR GUIDE, CAGAYAN, PHILIPPINES

(crying)

Padre Pio! Padre Pio! My wife had been barren for four years. She prayed and prayed to Padre Pio and one night he appeared to her. He touched her tummy and disappeared. Nine months later we had triplets! It's all thanks to him. To Padre Pio!

CHLOE QUINTON, LAWYER, DORCHESTER, ENGLAND

I've never heard of him. He looks like a filthy street beggar. I wouldn't give him a quid.

HENDRIK CLAASSEN, JOURNALIST, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Ah yes, a prime Fascist huckster, conman, womanizer and psychotic drug addict. Perfect fodder for the Vatican's saint factory. 'I sayeth onto you, put a thousand Rand in the box and thee shalt be cured!'

PENNY WILLIAMS, HOUSEWIFE, FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA

Oh my God. Padre Pio! Bless you Padre Pio! My daughter was autistic. One day she turned to me and said in a perfectly clear voice 'A bearded monk slowed down my thoughts, Mommy.' She's been perfectly normal ever since and next month she enters Uni! Padre Pio, you are the greatest of the saints. May you be forever blessed. Thank you, mate! I owe you everything.

HANS DEGROOT, ENGINEERING STUDENT, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

These aren't the droids you're looking for.

These aren't the droids we're looking for.

He can go about his business.

You can go about your business.

Move along.

Move along.

Continued In Part 22

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