Hmmm...in the picture there seems to be an astigmatic halo around Padre Pio's head.
In geometric optics, stigmatism refers to the image-formation property of an optical system which focuses a single point source in object space into a single point in image space.
1. The condition of being affected by stigmata.
2. The state of a refracting or reflecting system in which light rays from a single point are accurately focused at another point.
3. Normal eyesight.
Why should I accept
the perfect eyes of the god
views that twist my world?
I am short sighted, no doubt.
Still, you are my heart.
I see well enough
to see you're better than hope,
better than my dreams.
May 8, 2012 7:43 PM
Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., (25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He was born Francesco Forgione, and given the name Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capuchins, thus he was popularly known as Padre Pio. He became famous for his bearing the stigmata. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II. He had therefore passed the test of at least two miracles attributed to his presence and efforts. Bearing the stigmata was not enough. There are many people who bear the stigmata.
After beatification a further miracle is needed before canonization can occur. The investigation of this miracle follows the same course as noted above with regard to beatification. Approved in the diocese of Manfredonia on 23 October 2000, by the Congregation in Rome on 18 December 2000, the miraculous cure of Matteo Pio Colella of San Giovanni Rotondo was accepted by the Holy Father on 20 December 2000. On 28 February 2002 the Decree of Canonization of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was promulgated by Pope John Paul II and 16 June 2002 set for the rite.
"For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the fostering of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayers for the divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of our Brother Bishops, we declare and define that Bl. Pio of Pietrelcina, is a saint and we enroll him among the saints, decreeing that he is to be venerated in the whole Church as one of the saints. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."