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St. Giuseppe Moscati Doctor to the Poor (DVD)

St. Giuseppe Moscati Doctor to the Poor (DVD)

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Giuseppe Moscati, “the holy physician of Naples,” was a medical doctor and layman in the early 20th century who came from an aristocratic family and devoted his medical career to serving the poor. He was also a medical school professor and a pioneer in the field of biochemistry whose research led to the discovery of insulin as a cure for diabetes.

Moscati regarded his medical practice as a lay apostolate, a ministry to his suffering fellowmen. Before examining a patient or engaging in research he would place himself in the presence of God. He encouraged his patients to receive the sacraments. Dr. Moscati treated poor patients free of charge, and would often send someone home with an envelope containing a prescription and a 50-lire note.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906, Dr. Moscati evacuated a nursing home in the endangered area, personally moving the frail and infirm patients to safety minutes before the roof of the building collapsed. He also served beyond the call of duty during the 1911 cholera epidemic and treated some 3,000 soldiers during World War I.

Moscati was outspoken in his opposition to the unfair practices of nepotism and bribery that often influenced appointments at that time. He could have pursued a brilliant academic career, taken a professorial chair and devoted more time to research, but he preferred to continue working with patients and to train interns.

Giuseppe Moscati died in 1927 at 46 yrs old, was beatified in 1975 and declared a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1987. His feast day is November 16.

Running time: 177 minutes

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  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

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(3.67/5 Stars, 3 Ratings) Based on 3 Reviews


Review: We saw this DVD a few years ago and it awakened an interest in Dr. Moscatti to the point that he is on our personal litany of saints. However, this interest led to research into his life. Unfortunately and counter-productively, the movie does not keep to the facts of his life. As one reviewer noted, the story is very heart-warming, but screen writers know how to do that, here in part by inventing a love interest. The movie is a distortion of his life and a disservice to the truth. Sorry.

Inspiring. Entertaining! AMAZING!

Review: Loved every single moment. It was heartwarming and gave me a boost of faith and increased my compassion. Highly recommend this movie.

I love this film!

Review: This is simply a great movie for Catholics and non-Catholics. I recommend sharing it with your non-Catholic friends and family. The acting and production are excellent and the story is riveting from the beginning to the end.
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