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Naples: Gesù Nuovo Church

About the Gesù Nuovo Church in Naples:

Jesu church in Naples
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Originally a 15th century palace, it famous for the beauty of its interior with its many frescoes, decorated rooms and beautiful garden. it was taken over by the Jesuits at the end of the 16th century, who had it completely rebuilt. In the 18th century it was handed over to the Franciscan Reformation, and returned into the hands of the Jesuits in the 20th century.

Aerial bombing in World War II caused extensive damage, as one of the bombs went through the ceiling without detonating. Although the damage has been repaired, that bomb is still in the church today.

The Gesù Nuovo Church has a unique exterior as shown here.


Although the church itself is beautiful, it is perhaps more important (in our humble opinion) for the fact that it houses the tomb of a Saint: Doctor Giuseppe Moscati.

About Saint Giuseppe Moscati:

Giuseppe Moscati was an Italian lay doctor and scientific researcher.  In 1906, when Mount Vesuvius erupted, he helped save the life of many elderly and paralytic patients at the hospital where he was serving. He helped the citizens of Naples again in 1911 during a cholera epidemic by researching the origins of the disease and implementing ways to help slow its spread.

Doctor Moscati did research on diabetes and became the first to introduce insulin therapy in Italy. Moscati regarded his medical practice as a lay apostolate, a ministry to his suffering fellowmen.

Known for his strong Catholic faith, Giuseppe attended daily Mass  throughout his career. He was also known for his charity towards the poor and never made them pay for his services.Canonized in 1987 by Pope John Paul II.  We celebrate the Feast of Saint Giuseppe Moscati on November 16.

Finding the Gesù Nuovo Church in Naples:

Address:  Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, 2, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy

Tel: +39 081 557 8111

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