Guglielmo Sanguinetti

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Guglielmo Sanguinetti was a doctor who worked in Mugello (Florence). He is reknowned for his contribution to the foundation of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina's hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo: the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza".

The move to San Giovanni Rotondo and the conversion

His lifestory is very curious. It all started when on 23rd March 1935 he was talked by his wife into leaving Mugello, where he was famous and beloved by the population, for San Giovanni Rotondo, a little town in southern Italy. Her wife was infact one of S.Pio's spiritual children and wanted to visit him in his town. Sanguinetti was surprised and immediately joyful after his first talk with Padre Pio. (S.Pio said to me: «you too will have the ticket» in relation to how i would have managed to live in San Giovanni Rotondo). "I had nothing there and I was dubious as well as faithful. With a friend of mine I had just started building a little house when, on February 1941, my father-in-law died leaving us 50.000 lire to be shared by my wife and her sister so that we could finish building our house. An inheritance, some years passed and then I understood what ticket Padre Pio was talking about".1

From its beginning to his end

"On 9th January 1940 dr. Guglielmo Sanguinetti joined Padre Pio, dr. Carlo Kisvarday, a pharmacist from Zara and dr. Mario Sanvico, a vet from Perugia. P. Pio kept saying: «In every sick person there is Jesus suffering! In every poor person there is Jesus suffering twice!». He thus came up the idea of the hospital. Padre Pio, taking a little coin from his pocket said to Sanguinetti: «I want to give the first contribution to Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza»"2. From that day everybody set to work. Unluckily, dr. Sanguinetti wasn't able to see the end of his work. He died when he was only sixty, on 6th September 1954, two years before the inauguration of the hospital held on 5th May 1956.

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