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Saint Gianna Molla - Wife, Mother, Doctor

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Saint Gianna Molla

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Saint Gianna Molla - Wife, Mother, Doctor
Pietro Molla
Elio Guerriero

This is the inspiring story of a newly canonized contemporary woman. Gianna Molla (1923-1962) risked her life in order to save her unborn child. Diagnosed with uterine tumors during her fourth pregnancy, she refused a hysterectomy that would have aborted the child, and opted for a riskier surgery in an attempt to save the baby. Herself a medical doctor, Molla did give birth to the child, but succumbed to an infection.

An Italian woman who loved skiing, playing piano, attending concerts at the Milan Conservatory, Molla was a dedicated physician and devoted wife and mother who lived life to the fullest, yet generously risked death by cancer for the sake of her child.

A unique story, co-authored by her own husband, with his deeply moving personal insights of the heroic witness, love, sacrifice and joy of his saintly wife. A woman for all times and walks of life, this moving account of the multi-faceted, selfless St. Gianna Molla, who made the ultimate sacrifice to save her unborn child, will be an inspiration to all readers. Illustrated

“A woman of exceptional love, an outstanding wife and mother, Gianna Molla gave witness in her daily life to the demanding values of the Gospel.”
—Pope John Paul II

Pietro Molla is the husband of St. Gianna Molla, and the father of their four children. Elio Guerriero is a long-time journalist and writer who lives in Italy.

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St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/28

Also known as
    Gianna Beretta
    Gianna Molla

    28 April

    Tenth of thirteen children born to Alberto and Maria Beretta, she was a pious girl raised in a pious family; one sister became a nun, and two brothers, including Enrico Beretta became priests. While in college, she worked with the poor and elderly, and joined the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Physician and surgeon, graduating from the University of Pavia in 1949, she started a clinic in Mero, Italy in 1950. She returned to school and studied pediatrics, and after finishing in 1952 she worked especially with mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. Active in Catholic Action, and a avid skier. She considered a call to religious life, but was married to Pietro Molla on 24 September 1955 at Magenta. Mother of three, she continued her medical career, treating it as a mission and gift from God. During her pregnancy with her fourth child, she was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Her surgeon recommended an abortion in order to save Gianna's life; she refused and died a week after childbirth, caring more for doing right by her unborn child than for her own life. Today that child is a physician herself, and involved in the pro-life movement.

    4 October 1922 in Magenta, Milan, Italy

    28 April 1962 in Monza Maternity Hospital of complications from an ovarian cyst

    6 July 1991 by Pope John Paul II

    24 April 1994 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

    16 May 2004 by Pope John Paul II

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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