St. Anthony began life as a young nobleman who enjoyed all the sumptuous pleasures and privileges of that medieval Europe could offer. Yet he was compelled by a mysterious inner voice to gaze upon the unspeakable misery, disease and cruelty around him. Overcome with boundless compassion, he entered a monastery, dedicating his fine mind and fragile body to defending the poor and oppressed against injustice.
Here is a major dramatic feature film on the entire life of the famous stigmatic monk, now a saint, Padre Pio (1887-1968). This movie captures the Capuchin friar’s intense faith and devotion, his deep spiritual concern for others, and his great compassion for the sick and suffering.
Flavio Insinna stars as John (Don) Bosco, the great priest and educator of youth from the tough streets of Turin, Italy. Beautifully filmed in Italy, this movie dramatizes the many challenges that Don Bosco had to overcome from his childhood through founding his religious order, the Salesians, for helping educate boys. His faith, creative imagination and profound charity shine through in this wonderful film.
This outstanding movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis.