Because of the great crowds that went to see Padre Pio, two…

Because of the great crowds that went to see Padre Pio, two policemen were assigned to the convent to protect him. One day in the sacristy after the celebration of Mass, while Padre Pio was disrobing the sacred vestments, he turned smiling to one of the policemen and said: “As soon I have given thanksgiving for the Mass and you are finished here, come to my room because I have to speak to you.” The policeman was very happy for this invitation so, when he ended his service, he went to Padre Pio’s cell. Padre Pio told him: “Listen to me! In not more than eight days you will die at your father’s home, my son.” The policeman answered him: “But Padre, I am feeling very well.” But Padre Pio added: “Don’t worry about it! You will be better in eight days. What is this life? A pilgrimage. We are on a train, my son! Ask your boss to go on leave to enjoy your family…you are going to die…and your relatives??? They do not know anything about this…” The policeman, stunned by these words, asked: “Father, can I tell what you have told me?” “Not for now,” the Father answered, “you can tell it only when you will be at home.” The young man went to the town of St. Giovanni Rotondo and he asked for permission to go home. His boss did not want to grant him the permission because there was no suitable motivation. However, on Padre Pio’s intercession, the policeman received the permission to go home. When the policeman reached his house, he told his parents: “I’ve come to greet you and Padre Pio has told me that I will die.” After eight days the policeman died.
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