|ANSWER: To prevent Allied bombers from bombing his hometown
Padre Pio, who died in 1968, appeared in the sky above his hometown of San Giovanni Rotundo to prevent the American bombers from dropping their bombs during World War II. It worked. The pilots returned to base explaining to their commander that a giant monk was in the sky stopping them.
The WW II event “was
directly witnessed by the general of Aeronautica Italiana Bernardo
Rosini, who at that time was part of the "United Air Command"
operating out of Bari with the Allied air forces. "Each time that
the pilots returned from their missions," General Rosini told me,
"they spoke of this Friar that appeared in the sky and diverted
their airplanes, making them turn back.” (Source: “I Miracoli
d Padre Pio”, by Renzo Allegri,199Pages 110-111. ISBN
Padre Pio received his stigmata from the Lord himself while praying before a crucifix. The event occurred shortly after Padre Pio offered himself as a Sacrifice for an end to the First World War. One of Padre Pio’s gifts was bilocation (appearing in more than one place at once – for example in Italy AND America)