Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God - Part 26

EXTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO CHURCH, SEPTEMBER 1968 - NIGHTTIME

A huge crowd of people walks in an orderly procession up the road to the church. Thousands upon thousands of well-wishers, chanting “Long Live Padre Pio!” and carrying signs of “50 Years of Sacred Stigmata” and images of perforated hands with the number 50 superimposed, make their way towards the church shimmering in the light of a million candles.

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO CHURCH, SEPTEMBER 1968 - NIGHTTIME

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO, a mere shadow of his former self and hunched over in excruciating pain is celebrating Mass. He often has to be supported by other FRIARS to keep him from falling over. He stands by the altar and raises his hands in the air in prayer, making no attempt to hide them. The congregation gasps as both hands are completely normal and fully healed, without the trace of scars. Padre Onorato turns to a friar beside him.

PADRE ONORATO

On the fiftieth anniversary. The ministry is finished. So the signs are finished.

81 year-old Padre Pio ends Mass and two friars help the anguished Padre Pio towards the side door. A MAN IN CONGREGATION yells:

MAN IN CONGREGATION

I wish you another fifty years!

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

What harm have I ever done to you?

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO FRIAR'S CELL, SEPTEMBER 1968 - NIGHTTIME

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO is at death's door. Padre Pellegrino is by his bedside.

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(barely audible)

My son, ask all my brothers to forgive me for all the trouble that I have caused them.

PADRE PELLEGRINO

Padre Pio, will you give your last blessing for all your fellow priests, spiritual children and for all the sick.

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(with laboured breath)

Of course I bless them all. They don't know how many times from that window I have looked out and blessed them all.

81 year-old Padre Pio slowly and painfully turns his head to look out that window. Then suddenly, he sits up and stands from the bed with the ease of a young man. He walks hurriedly and perfectly erect to the window, muttering.

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(strong, steady voice)

I see two mothers!

FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF 81 year-old Padre Pio as he approaches the window. Outside, floating in the air are luminous images of the Woman With A Veil and a young Beppa. They both indicate with open arms to come home to their love. A tear trickles down his cheek. The images fade out and suddenly his legs go out from under him and he begins to fall. Padre Pellegrino jumps up to catch him. He drags him back to the bed as the old friar lacks the strength to even move.

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(again barely audible)

Can't you see that the world is catching fire? The Earth will get hotter and hotter until...

PADRE PELLEGRINO

Padre Pio, I'm going to call Doctor Sala!

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

I beg you... Don't call anyone.

Padre Pellegrino disregards him and rushes to get Doctor Giuseppe Sala who walks in, takes one look at the old friar who is turning blue and immediately places an oxygen mask on him. The Doctor takes his pulse but it is barely there.

81 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

Jesus... Mary... Jesus... Mary...

81 year-old Padre Pio's head sinks to the left and his eyes close.

DOCTOR GIUSEPPE SALA

Padre! Padre!

DISSOLVE TO:

EXTERIOR SCENE - VATICAN SAINT PETER'S SQUARE, JUNE 16, 2002 - DAYTIME

Return to the almost half a million people filling St. Peter's Square in the sweltering sun. POPE JOHN PAUL II, old and pained, continues his homily.

POPE JOHN PAUL II

Padre Pio was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making himself available to all by welcoming them, by spiritual direction and, especially, by the administration of the sacrament of Penance. I also had the privilege, during my young years, of benefitting from his availability for penitents.

The Pope's words echo across the crowded Saint Peter's Square.

EXTERIOR SCENE - MESSINA MADONNA OF POMPEI CHURCH, TODAY - DAYTIME

The door to the church slams open and SICILIAN MAN #1 drags a SICILIAN PRIEST from the church. The Sicilian Priest almost stumbles down the stairs trying to keep up with the rushing Sicilian Man #1. They run towards through the crowd which is gathering around a larger than life-sized statue of Padre Pio. They nearly get run over by a white 2002 Fiat Punto as they run across the street. On the shoulders of some members of the crowd, the Sicilian Priest is hoisted up to the face of the statue. He wipes some thick red liquid which is dripping from the statue's eyes. He rubs it between his fingers. Still examining the liquid, he yells out to be heard over the muttering crowd.

SICILIAN PRIEST

I don't know. I'm not a doctor. I can't tell!

SICILIAN MAN #2

Wait! Someone! Go get Doctor Balistreri! Bring him here.

Several people from the edge of the crowd run to the side of the piazza, slamming open DOCTOR BALISTRERI's door open with such force that they smash the glass. A confused Doctor Balistreri is rushed through the crowd to the feet of the hoisted Sicilian Priest who transfers some of the red liquid from the statue's face to Doctor Balistreri's fingers. The Doctor puts on his glasses and rubs it between his fingers carefully. He turns and announces to the crowd.

DOCTOR BALISTRERI

I cannot tell for sure until I send it to the laboratory... but to me it seems like blood... human blood!

The crowd lets out a heartrendering cheer of “Miracolo! Miracolo! Padre Pio! Padre Pio! Padre Pio!”

The cheers of “Padre Pio!” continue as we see a MONTAGE of statues to Padre Pio all over the world.

FADE OUT

On an all black image we hear the words of 34 year-old Padre Pio.

34 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(THE VOICE IS HEARD OVER THE SCENE)

All I ever wanted to be was a poor friar who prays.

 

THE END

 

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godfactauthor 7 years ago from Auckland

Thank you for sharing this. I have now become a fan of yours. I love to read about St. Padre Pio!

God bless

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thank you godfactauthor. I have to state that the process of researching and writing this screenplay has been one of the most enlightening and joyous events of my life.


michael 5 years ago

thanks, you brought together all the stories in an awesome narrative. It makes a lot more sense like this.

God bless you

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