Mysterious 'aroma of paradise'
The scent of roses has been associated with Padre Pio since the stigmata, or 'wounds of Christ', appeared on his body in 1918.
It is often likened to the smell you might get from a garden of roses in bloom. It is also normally associated with the news that prayers are being answered.
Often referred to as the 'aroma of paradise' or 'odour of sanctity', this intense smell was identified at an early stage as coming from Padre Pio's wounds. It has been narrowed down to emanating from his blood. It was also noticed that it lingered on his clothes and the bloodstained mittens and bandages he wore.
No one knows what causes the fragrance. Nor is it confined to the smell of roses; some people describe it as smelling like lilies, violets, carnations, incense or tobacco. The one thing we do know, however, is that it has heralded numerous miracles and cures.