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The Padre Pio Story

It has been told that Padre Pio prayed daily to a pictured shrine of Our Lady of Fatima within his San Giovanni Rotundo monastery. In 1959 a Pilgrim Virgin Fatima statue visited Italy. At the same time of this visit, Padre Pio became seriously ill and was diagnosed with a fatal cancerous tumor.

On August 6, 1959 the statue arrived at San Giovanni Rotundo. Padre Pio prayed before the statue and kissed Her feet. After the statue left the monastery by helicopter, Padre Pio said, “ Oh Mother of mine, when you came to Italy you found me sick. You came to visit me here and I was suffering and now you have not delivered my from my illness.”

As Padre Pio pleaded his prayer a miracle occurred. The helicopter flying high above the monastery with the statue circled the building three times. The pilot would later say that he could not explain why. At the same instant that the helicopter circled, Padre Pio felt a shudder immediately run through him. His body was penetrated with a ray of light and he felt the tumor gone.

Padre Pio cried out, ”I am healed. Our Lady of Fatima has healed me. “ Padre Pio later wrote,” Thank the Virgin of Fatima for me. On the very day She left here, I felt well again. “ Three days later, he was celebrating Mass.

Judith Studer’s Story

A few years ago a special event occurred in the diocese of Providence. The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. At that time I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had surgery and chemotherapy but was not doing well. The doctor suggested I get my things in order. They gave me about six months to live.

When I heard the U.N. Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was in my diocese, I went and knelt before the image of Mary and asked her to pray for healing to Jesus, her Son. I promised her that if I were healed, I would spread devotion to Jesus through Mary for the rest of my life. I thought I would teach the rosary to children in catechism class and that would fulfill my obligation if I were healed. Truthfully, I never expected or deserved to be cured, but thought it can’t hurt to ask Our Lady of Fatima for her prayers.

To make a long story short, I was healed. After kneeling before Our Lady and praying for healing, I went for tests several times and the tests came back negative. My cancer was gone!! The power of prayer to Our Lady of Fatima. She is such a loving mother even to her children who do not deserve her love and blessings. I was and still am one of those undeserving of her special love, blessings, and graces.

I did not know much about the story of Our Lady of Fatima. I began to read and learn the requests and promises Our Lady gave to the three shepherd children. I became involved in the Rhode Island Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima. I started speaking to children in my parish then in other parishes telling the story of Our Lady of Fatima.

I taught the children to make their own rosary and how to pray the rosary. I showed the children the movie “The Day The Sun Danced.” I spoke to groups about my healing of cancer through Our Lady’s intercession. Then, I became involved in the National World Apostolate of Fatima and became the custodian of the United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

I have traveled the United States and other countries telling the story of the Peace Plan From Heaven, the story of Our Lady of Fatima. I speak to parishes, schools, prayer groups, hospitals, and nursing homes. Thank you for your interest in having a visitation of the United Nations Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. I pray Our Lord and Our Lady will shower you with many graces and blessings.

To Jesus Through Mary,