Giuseppe Moscati

Giuseppe Moscati was SpiritualDoc


Saint Giuseppe Moscati (July 25, 1880 – April 12, 1927) was an Italian doctor, scientific researcher, and university professor noted both for his pioneering work in biochemistry and for his piety.[1] Moscati was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1987; his feast day is November 16.

Moscati remained true to his faith his entire life, taking a vow of chastity and practicing charity in his daily work. He viewed his practice of medical science as a way of alleviating suffering, not as a way of making profits, and would retire regularly for prayer.[4] He also attended Mass daily, and would sometimes use a patient’s faith, as well as the sacraments, in his treatments.[5] Moscati also refused to charge the poor for their treatment, and was known to sometimes send a patient home with a prescription and a 50-lira note in an envelope.[1]


It was claimed even before his death that Moscati was a miracle-worker; some said that he could accurately diagnose and prescribe for any patient merely by hearing a list of his symptoms, and that he was responsible for impossible cures.[5] Reports of his good works continued well after his death, with further reports that he interceded in impossible cases. Consequently, he was beatified by Pope Paul VI on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church on November 16, 1975. Moscati was canonized on October 25, 1987 by Pope John Paul II. His canonization miracle involved the case of a young ironworker dying of leukemia. The young man’s mother dreamed of a doctor wearing a white coat, who she identified as Moscati when shown a photograph. Not long after this, her son went into remission and returned to work.[1]

Moscati was the first modern doctor to be canonized; his feast day is November 16.[5]

Moscati bedroom - Schlafzimmer
Moscati bedroom – Schlafzimmer

Television film

In 2007 Italy’s Rai Uno presented the TV film St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor directed by Giacomo Campiotti. The film is based on testimonies of contemporaries of Moscati who knew him, and describes his life between his university graduation in 1903 and his death in 1927.

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