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Father of Mercy - The True Story of Venerable Don Gnocchi

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Average Rating: This item received 4 1/2 stars overall.

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A powerful epic film on the life of Fr. Carlo Gnocchi, an Italian priest who labored heroically to minister to the wounded and dying soldiers during World War II, and to victims of the war on the home front. While teaching students at the Gonzaga Institute in Milan, Fr. Gnocchi volunteered to be the military chaplain on the war front. After witnessing the horrors of the war, helping many suffering soldiers, and miraculously escaping death, he returned to start a foundation for the many children who were victims of the war. Starring Daniele Liotti (St. Anthony), this film tells of Don Gnocchi’s inspiring work with the students, the soldiers, and the children. His great legacy lives on today in the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation that provides medical care for thousands of patients in over 75 hospitals and clinics in Europe.

This DVD contains the following language tracks: English & Italian language, Spanish & English subtitles.

Special Features
16 page booklet by Daria Sockey with study questions, biography of Don Gnocchi, and resource list. Also includes a Behind the Scenes featurette.

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This item received 4 stars overall. A well-directed film about a heroic war-time priest.

If you don't speak Italian you probably don't know much about the life of Venerable Carlo Gnocchi.  Search online and you might have to wade through dozens of Italian websites before you come across anything in English about this great priest.  This 2009 film brings to life the story of an Italian priest who served troops on the front lines during World War II.

Father of Mercy centers on the change that Fr. Gnocchi experienced about his views on the war.  He was never a follower of the Italian Facist regime, but he did have an idealized notion of military service.  Before he had served in the army, he encouraged and helped recruit young men who were interested in service.  He believed that soldiers were defending the freedoms of the weak.  His first tour of duty in Albania changes all that.

Fr. Gnocchi discovered first hand that this war was not worth fighting.  His fellow soldiers are sacrificing their Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. Good Catholic WWII Movie and Saint Story in One

(C&P'd from my blog, with slight editing of opening paragraph for context.  See original at jenniferfitz.wordpress.com which includes links back to these sites.)

I chose the  DVD Father of Mercy from the available Tiber River review items because it seemed like a good fit for my eldest child’s study of just warfare this year. Not disappointed. Not at all.

What It Is: Father of Mercy (“The Children’s Angel” is the Italian title) is the made-into-a-movie telling of the story of Father Carlo Gnocchi, an Italian priest who served on the front lines as a chaplain in World War II, and afterwards undertook a massive work of mercy taking care of the many children injured and/or orphaned by the war. Fr Gnocchi was beatified in 2009, and the network of hospitals he founded is still in operation

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This item received 5 stars overall. Daniele Liotti plays Bl. Fr. Carlo Gnocchi in a moving look at his heroic life in WWII.

Italian actor Daniele Liotti plays Father Carlo Gnocchi in an intense and moving look at the real life story of a modern day saint as he fully experiences life, from the summit of all joy to the depths of despair and back again. The film does an incredible job of taking the young actors who portray Don Gnocchi’s students, from carefree school boys on the cusp of manhood to seasoned war veterans struggling to rebuild their lives after joining the Italian army, together during World War II.
Father of Mercy is set during a time more innocent and yet more horrifying than any most of us have ever known. The physical and mental torture of war is movingly juxtaposed with the warm friendship between Don Carlo and the close knit group of students at Gonzaga Institute who later join him on the front line as soldiers. The innocent trusting children Don Gnocchi helps have been injured by war in strikingly similar ways to many adults who seem unable to move beyond their suffering.< Full Review...

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