Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Saint Spotlight - St. Gianna Molla

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
lived from October 4, 1922 to April 28, 1962. Born in Magenta, Italy, she was the tenth of the thirteen children in her family. At three years old, her family moved to Bergamo. Gianna began her doctoral study in Milan. She received her medical diploma in 1949, and after a while, though she wished to join her missionary brother in Brazil, chronic illness forced her to continue her practice in Italy.

Gianna Molla was an Italian wife and mother as well as being a pediatrician. She married in 1955 and bore four children. After delivering her fourth child, she died of septic peritonitis.

After a miracle involving both a pregnant woman and her still-to-be-born baby, Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II. The pregnant woman had prayed to St. Gianna for help and the baby was saved from death due to lack of amniotic fluid in the woman's body.  The beatification was on April 24, 1994, and St. Gianna Molla was officially canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. 

St. Gianna is best known for refusing an abortion & a hysterectomy, despite knowing it could result in her death.

She is the patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children.

Sources: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=6985http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianna_Beretta_Mollahttp://www.catholictothemax.com/product_images/s/193/MUG-792__54332_zoom.jpghttp://cdn.aquinasandmore.com/images/items/82591-1.jpg

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