1. What was Pietrelcina like during Padre Pio's early childhood?
Pietrelcina was a poor village in southern Italy. Most of the residents were sharecroppers who didn't own their own land. Malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera were common, and many people suffered from malnourishment. The majority of people in this village were Roman Catholic.
2. How did Padre Pio's family put religion at the center of their lives?
Padre Pio's family put religion at the center of their lives by attending church regularly, sometimes daily, and focusing their energies on their religion. They considered the saints to be close relatives. Neighbors called them the "God-is-everything" family.
3. In Chapter 2, what problems did the author encounter with Padre Pio's childhood?
The author encountered problems with verifying Padre Pio's childhood. Many claimed that he did amazing, superhuman feats. People who studied Padre Pio after his death had a hard time finding reliable sources. Some people said that he was a sickly child, but all research shows otherwise.
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