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A Woman's Life - Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla

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Giuliana Pelucchi

An attractive woman.
Physician.
Mother of four.
Enthusiastic downhill skier.
Experienced mountain climber.
Opera aficionada.
Passionate for her husband.
Single-minded toward her children.
Uncompromising for her patients.
In 1962, she made a quiet, heroic choice.
In 1994, the Church proclaimed her "blessed."

This is her story.




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0-8198-3099-2
9780819830999
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 0 3/8"  (0.95 cm)
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St. Aaron of Brettany

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 6/21


Profile
Sixth century hermit, monk, and abbot at a monastery located on Cesambre, a small island near Aleth in Armorica, Brittany, France; the island was accessible only at low tide, and for centuries was known as Aaron in his honour. Welcomed Saint Malo on his mission to France, and worked with him in the region.

Born
in the British Isles; exact location not recorded
 

Died
6th century of natural causes

Canonized
Pre-congregation
 



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St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/28


Also known as
    Gianna Beretta
    Gianna Molla

Memorial
    28 April

Profile
    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.

Born
    4 October 1922 in Magenta, Milan, Italy

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

Venerated
    6 July 1991 by Pope John Paul II

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

Canonized
    16 May 2004 by Pope John Paul II



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