The Life of Saint Padre Pio
On January 6th 1903, Padre Pio entered religious life as a Capuchin Monk.
Padre Pio's health was so bad that his theology professor said to him, "Your health is not good, so you cannot become a preacher. My hopes for you are that you will be a great and conscientious confessor."
The statement was prophetic, for it would be fulfilled in an incredible way. Padre Pio was ordained as a priest of the Catholic Church on August 10th 1910.
John 20: 21-23: "As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When He had said this, He breathed on them; and He said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."
In the Gospel of John, we see the power to forgive sins conferred by Jesus Christ upon the Apostles. The power to forgive sins conferred upon priests validly ordained by a bishop would play a prominent role in the life and miracles of Padre Pio.
From 1918 to 1923, Padre Pio heard confessions fifteen to nineteen hours every day. In the 1940s and 1950s, he generally heard confessions somewhat less than that, but still five to eight hours every day.