The Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza in Italy, founded by St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and its counterpart, Casa San Pio Medical Clinic of Appalachia in Kentucky, provide examples of Catholic health- care centers focused on serving the poor and underserved through medical care, faith, and prayer. Padre Pio was dedicated to providing love, in addition to medical care, in the relief of suffering, and he wanted to create a climate in which patients would experience the love of God and the kindness and compassion of their brothers and sisters given in generous service. His project was realized with the opening of the doors of the Casa in 1956, the construction of which was funded entirely by donations and supported by the prayers of groups throughout the world. Medical professionals working at the Casa perceive it as different from other hospitals, for it has a Christian atmosphere; they seek to relieve suffering through high- quality medical care and also through prayer, love, and moral support of patients, and to exhibit Christian values of charity, humility, respect for life, and sacrifice, with complete dedication and attention to the patient’s body and spirit. This chapter offers a concrete example of a model for authentic Catholic care. It is the vision of many in this endeavor that this practice will spread, and additional health- care centers will open in as many places as possible. The U.S. Casa opened its doors in 2011 and continues Padre Pio’s mission.-Editors.
|Title of host publication||Catholic Witness in Health Care|
|Subtitle of host publication||Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love|
|Publisher||Catholic University of America Press|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2017|
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