The above involves classic occultism: the transformation of a statue into apparitions of Mary, Jesus, and other alleged saints accompanied by the bright light which the Bible associates with Satan. Whether Pio is in heaven or in hell, he is not free to appear on this earth. The Bible rejects the suggestion of such appearances even for a good purpose (Luke:16:27-31). And the omnipresence of God attributed to Pio and seemingly manifest can only be demonic.
That the person relating the story later “saw” Pio with Dorothy in her car as she drove away from Mass only adds to the demonic delusion. Yet such appearances are the authenticating factors that cause the Catholic hierarchy to vote a candidate into sainthood. The present Pope “became a spiritual son of Padre Pio at their first meeting in 1947,” and has visited Pio’s grave to pray there. In 1954, Pope Pius XII called Padre Pio “The Confessor of Europe.”