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Symposium to Celebrate St. Giuseppe Moscati, ‘Doctor to the Poor’

Giuseppe Moscati, the first modern physician to be canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, will be celebrated during an international symposium in Duquesne University's Power Center on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

"The day is not only to celebrate Moscati, but to raise awareness of him," said Dr. Carla Lucente, co-director of Duquesne's Center for International Relations and honorary consulate of Italy in Pittsburgh, who organized the symposium. "He was a doctor of the poor and did everything he could to help. Not only did he provide free medicine to the poor to heal their bodies, but he also helped to heal their souls."

Moscati, who worked in Italy in the early 1900s till his death in 1927, was known for sending disadvantaged patients home with an envelope that included not just a prescription, but also money. He also was one of the first doctors to experiment with insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

The symposium will feature several lectures, as well as a roundtable panel about religion and science. Speakers include:

  • Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of Pittsburgh
  • Most Rev. William J. Waltersheid, auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College.

The day will end with dinner and a screening of The Miracle of Love, a biographical film about Moscati based on testimonies of those who knew him.

All events are open to the public. The cost is $30, which includes dinner and refreshments throughout the day.

The symposium is presented by Duquesne's Center for International Relations and Office of Mission and Identity, in collaboration with the Order of Malta American Association and the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Pittsburgh.

For more information, email IR@duq.edu or call 412.396.1298.

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