Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God - Part 5

DREAM DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR SCENE - FORTUNE TELLER'S PIETRELCINA HOUSE, MAY 1887 - DAYTIME

A younger Beppa is holding NEWBORN FRANCESCO as an old fortune teller, GIUSEPPE FAIELLA waves his hands over the baby.

GIUSEPPE FAIELLA

Francesco Forgione... He will be honoured by all the world. Through his hands huge sums of money will pass, but he will possess nothing...

DREAM SEQUENCE DISSOLVES BACK TO:

INTERIOR SCENE - FORGIONE PIETRELCINA HOUSE, AUGUST 1895 - DAYTIME

ZI 'RAZIO

... We are humble simple servants of God. I pray you. Please allow us to fulfill His will in modesty and privacy...

EXTERIOR SCENE - PIANA ROMANA FARM, AUGUST 1895 - DAYTIME

8 year-old Francesco is sitting under a tree unwrapping a piece of bread from a white linen napkin. With the napkin spread out on his knees, the boy holds the bread, looks up to the sky, says a silent prayer and begins to eat. A small piece of bread falls to the grass. The boy reverentially picks up the piece, kisses it, and continues to eat it. Meanwhile, Mercurio is sleeping on the hay in the back of a small farm wagon at the top of a hill in the heat of midday. 8 year-old Francesco sneaks up behind the wagon and mischeviously gives it a strong push, laughing uproariously. The wagon plummets down the hillside gathering speed fearfully. Mercurio is suddenly awakened and finds himself rolling down the hill at lethal speed. 8 year-old Francesco realizes that his prank has put his best friend in danger and immediately clasps his hands and bows his head. At that moment the wagon veers sharply off the rutted dirt path and smashes into a pear tree. Mercurio rolls out of the wagon, but his fall is cushioned by the hay and he is unhurt.

EXTERIOR SCENE - NAPOLI CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JANUARIUS, SEPTEMBER 1895 - DAYTIME

Zi 'Razio, Beppa, 13 year-old Michele and 8 year-old Francesco are jammed shoulder-to-shoulder in the packed cathedral awaiting the annual miracle on the saint's Feast day. On the ornate altar, the SAN GENNARO PRIEST places a silver box containing the skull of the saint martyred in the fourth century A.D. As has been done for well over 600 years, on the backdrop of the frantic supplications of the old women known as “the Aunts of Saint Januarius” he then brings the vial of the blood, sealed in a glass-windowed bottle, close to the skull. The San Gennaro Priest turns the vial several times until its dark, solid contents become a bright bubbly liquid, increasing in volume and weight contrary to every law of physics. At the same time, the “blood stains” on a block of basalt near the site of the saint's martyrdom grow vividly red. The adulating crowd goes wild, screaming and applauding in the belief that the liquification augurs no disasters will befall the area in the upcoming year, while 8 year-old Francesco fervently prays. The church is rocked by the 21-gun salute from the Castel Nuovo and the congregation begins to sing a Te Deum as “the Aunts” go into a religious ecstasy.

EXTERIOR SCENE - PIANA ROMANA FARM, SEPTEMBER 1895 - SUNSET

8 year-old Francesco sits, lost in meditation, atop a hill while Mercurio gathers the dozen sheep back into the pen. UGLY MAN approaches the boy and sits next to him.

UGLY MAN

Wasting time again while your friend does your work?

8 YEAR-OLD FRANCESCO

(calmly)

It won't work. It never works. Go away.

UGLY MAN

It worked well when you were younger. You'd cry all night like a little baby.

8 YEAR-OLD FRANCESCO

I was a baby and you brought your monsters. But now I know who and what you are and you don't scare me anymore.

UGLY MAN

You think so? I have more surprises waiting for you than you can imagine.

8 YEAR-OLD FRANCESCO

I am here in the name of Jesus, and Mother Mary herself protects me. You are the one who is wasting time.

UGLY MAN

I haven't even begun. Killing your sister Amelia and your namesake brother in their cribs was only mere practice for what I'm going to do to you.

8 YEAR-OLD FRANCESCO

I will be an old friar with a beard, and Jesus will banish you from where you came.

UGLY MAN

We're going to have to see about that.

The Ugly Man places his hands on 8 year-old Francesco's heart. The boy writhes in painful convulsions. He screams out in sheer agony as the Ugly Man seems to be draining the lifeblood out of the boy. A frenzied Gregorian Chant builds in intensity as the boy's entire body shakes in a grand mal epileptic seizure and the Ugly Man smiles broadly. He goes to move one of his hands from the boy's heart to his head, but his motion is blocked by another arm. The Woman With A Veil steps between the Ugly Man and the boy and breaks his hold. She begins to drag the boy away to safety.

UGLY MAN

(screaming vehemently)

Why don't you go f*** your old man, bitch!

Continued In Part 6

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