He had been a priest for just 8 months
The young priest had heard many things about the older priest, who was known as a humble and very holy man.
For his part, the older priest was happy to speak with the young man, to hear his confession, and to share some of what he knew about God and the love of Jesus Christ.
Then the older priest told his new young friend something very strange.
The young priest would someday become Pope.
The young priest would later tell that story among his friends and laugh. He venerated the old priest, but it was ludicrous that he would ever become the Bishop of Rome.
It would take more than a few miracles.
Fifty-five years and a number of miracles later, the once-young priest was already in the 23rd year of his pontificate as the great Pope John Paul II and now he had the honor of canonizing the humble priest who had heard his confession and who had told him such amazing things.
Today, just over 3 years later, on the 37th anniversary of the old priest’s death, the Church celebrates the memory of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – known in his lifetime worldwide as Padre Pio.