St. Gianna Beretta Molla- Pro-Life Saint
Gianna Beretta, a native of Milan, Italy, received a degree as a pediatric specialist from the University of Milan in 1952 when she was 30. She and Pietro Molla married in July 1955. With serenity and simplicity Gianna Beretta Molla harmonized the demands of doctor, wife, and mother and her passion for life.
In September 1961, she was two months pregnant with her fourth child when her doctor told her she had developed a fibroid tumor in her uterus. Trusting in God, Gianna decided to risk having the tumor removed surgically and to risk continuing the pregnancy. She insisted that extreme care be used during the surgery to save the life of the child she was carrying. The child survived this surgery, and Gianna spent the remaining seven months of the pregnancy “in incomparable strength of spirit” dedicating herself to caring for her family and her patients.
In a conversation with her husband Pietro, Gianna said, "If you have to decide between me and the child, do not hesitate; I demand it, the child, save it." Such was her generous attitude throughout her pregnancy. On Good Friday, April 20, 1962, Gianna and her doctors attempted a normal labor, without success. The next morning, the baby was delivered by Caesarean section.
The baby survived the delivery and was named Gianna Emanuela. The mother suffered acute pain over the next seven days, and on the morning of April 28, Gianna Molla died of an infection of the lining of the abdomen. She was 39 years old.
Under Pope Paul VI, the Roman Catholic Church began the process of canonizing Gianna Molla in 1970. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Gianna in May 2004.
St. Gianna ~ Pray for us!