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Catholic Church, largest provider of health care



From the Four Gospels to the early Christian communities to the era of the Benedictine monks, Christ was the direct and never-ending inspiration of health caregivers.

During the Middle Ages (500 AD to 1500 AD) – with tons of documentary evidence to prove it – monasteries, bishops’ houses, and convents became the key medical and health centers of Europe.

Of course, certain Chinese personalities and Hippocrates (460-370 BC), the Greek physician of Classical Greece, in their individual capacities, are considered outstanding figures in medical history. However, the Catholic Church as an institution, her collective apostolate for the sick, gave rise to the gradual development of a more professional and systematic nursing and medical care of today.

Without an iota of doubt, a quick review of the history of medical and general health care will lead us to the birth of Christ. The Gospels show that the historical Jesus, some 2,000 years ago, healed the sick, the lepers, and the paralytic, and left behind a humanitarian legacy of caring for the sick.

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