Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God - Part 23

EXTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO CHURCH GARDEN, FEBRUARY 1949 - DAYTIME

61 year-old Padre Pio is walking with Karol Wojtyla by some cypress trees that are filled with birds. They making such a noisy racket that the two men cannot hear each other. Padre Pio stops and looks up at the birds.

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(with a smile)

Be silent!

The birds, even the cicadas and the crickets, immediately fall quiet. Karol Wojtyla on a background of complete silence is awestruck.

KAROL WOJTYLA

(stuttering)

They... obeyed you as they did... Saint Frances of Assisi.

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(good-naturedly)

Oh, they know better. I'm only out here a few minutes a day. They have the whole rest of the day to squawk and chirp away. So what were we saying...

KAROL WOJTYLA

(still astonished)

Er... yes... Padre Pio, I was saying I was ordained in Poland eight months ago and on my first trip to Rome, I heard of you and I decided to come up here for the day and ask for your blessing.

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

Perhaps I should ask for your blessing, Holy Father.

KAROL WOJTYLA

Ah... Padre Pio... what did you say?

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

Mother Mary is crying for her children, Karol Wojtyla. So many are forbidden by their own atheist rulers from worshipping Jesus. Millions of our bretheren are cut off from the Sacred Heart. You must free them. You must free them all.

KAROL WOJTYLA

Ah... me?

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

Give your life to the Virgin Mary. She will guide you every step of your arduous journey in destroying the Godless scourge that has devoured your land and so many others.

KAROL WOJTYLA

But... Padre Pio... you can't really be saying that a mere Polish town priest can bring down Communism!

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

You will have many friends and many enemies along the way. A friend will be a former actor just like you. Another will be both your enemy and your friend. You will know him by the mark on his forehead. You will see your white cassock stained with blood, but you will live on to liberate all our anguished bretheren. You will suffer much through your life. But remember Our Blessed Mother is always working through you. Dedicate your pain to her.

KAROL WOJTYLA

Er... but...

61 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

Prolong your stay to a week, Karol. We have much to discuss.

EXTERIOR SCENE - HOME TO RELIEVE SUFFERING CONSTRUCTION SITE, FEBRUARY 1949 - DAYTIME

Giovanni Savino is carrying a toolkit and walking past a huge boulder by the side of the site. ANGLE on his feet as he walks past the ash trail left from a burnt fuse.

VOICE FROM FAR SIDE

(VOICE OVER THE SCENE yelling)

Hey you! Look out!

The dynamite explodes, shattering the boulder. Giovanni Savino takes the full brunt of the explosion face-first. He is thrown 30 feet.

As the smoke clears, workers rush to the fallen man's aid. They turn him on his back and two of them begin to vomit. Giovanni Savino's face is charred black, and his right eye socket empty.

INTERIOR SCENE - FOGGIA GENERAL HOSPITAL ICU, FEBRUARY 1949 - NIGHTTIME

Giovanni Savino is sleeping in his bed in the Intensive Care Ward. His entire face is bandaged. A slap is heard and Giovanni's head flicks towards the left in reaction. He sits up in bed blindly groping around.

GIOVANNI SAVINO

Hey! Who slapped me? Where are you?

Giovanni stops and touches his hand to the right side of his face. He breathes in deeply.

GIOVANNI SAVINO

(yelling)

The perfume! Blessed be Jesus! The perfume!

NURSES rush in to see what the commotion is all about.

GIOVANNI SAVINO

Nurses! Nurses! Call the doctor. Take these bandages off! I want them off! Right now! Do you hear me? Right now!

The SHIFT DOCTOR arrives, calms Giovanni Savino down and begins to remove the bandages. As the last bandage is removed, ANGLE on the Shift Doctor's face as his eyes widen and his mouth drops open. ANGLE on Giovanni's unbandaged face which is not only completely healed without a trace of a scar or even a bit of reddening, but with two perfectly normal, vivid blinking brown eyes!

GIOVANNI SAVINO

(joyfully blinking his eyes over and over)

I can see you! I can see you! I can see you!

Continued In Part 24

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