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The Reluctant Saint (1962)

In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

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Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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The picture that's got everything ! ... plus the surprise of your life !


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Brother Orlando: Recite the 14th chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians.
Giuseppe: What man of you, having a thousand sheep, and losing one of them...
Brother Orlando: No, look again! I said Corinthians! There is more to scripture than the gospel of Saint Luke!
Giuseppe: But I like Saint Luke.
Brother Orlando: That's beside the point. You've got to know the entire bible. Now, the 14th chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians...
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Theologically profoundly significant
16 March 1999 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Most 'saints' receive the title from other men. This movie skillfully presents the convincing evidence that St Joseph of Cuppertino received the title directly from its source. The moral of the story is not dependent on its Christian setting. The most important movie I have seen so far.


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