Padre Pio's spirit 'helps paralysed car crash victim walk'
A young Italian paralysed and unable to speak after a car crash says he can walk and talk after St Padre Pio's spirit visited him.
Luigi Venneri says Padre Pio appeared and spoke to him by his hospital bed.
The 26-year-old from Laurignano, Calabria region told La Stampa newspaper: "He told me to stay calm because I would stand up on my own two legs soon."
A hospital spokesman said: "The young man is walking again and we're not sure why. We're waiting for a specialist to arrive to take a look at him."
Padre Pio, who died in 1968 and was canonised by the Pope earlier this year, is the first Catholic priest to have visible stigmata.
Mr Venneri added: "I can walk now and I was told I can leave hospital very soon. It's all because Padre Pio helped me."
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16 Aug 2002