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Encyclopedia > Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (October 4, 1922 - April 28, 1962) was an Italian pediatrician, wife and mother who is best known for refusing both an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child, despite warnings that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death. October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Pediatrics (also spelled paediatrics or pædiatrics) is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants and children. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


The baby, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered by Caesarian section on April 21, 1962.[1] Gianna Molla died of septic peritonitis a week after the birth. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized on May 16, 2004. In his homily at her Canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II called her "a simple, but more than ever, significant messenger of divine love."[2] A caesarean section (cesarean section AE), is a surgical incision through a mothers abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more fetuses. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... In Catholicism, beatification (from Greek μακαριος, makarios) is a recognition accorded by the church of a dead persons accession to Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in their name (intercession of saints). ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: , Italian: Giovanni Paolo II) born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland – April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as Pope of the Catholic... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (137th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Criticism

Some critics, specially Catholic feminists, point out how the Church, through St. Gianna's canonization, may have tried to influence society about motherhood, more-or-less subtly treating women who have chosen abortion over death as "bad mothers," no matter what reasons they could have had for taking such a decision. [1] Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ...


Other critiques point out that people with such beliefs think that the embryo/foetus has more value than the life of a woman [2], sounding more like fanatic Pro Life than Pro Choice. Pro-life is a term representing a variety of perspectives and activist movements in bioethics. ... Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have total control over her fertility and pregnancy. ...


Patronage

St. Gianna is a patron saint for mothers, physicans, and preborn children.


Prayers to St. Gianna

The Roman Catholic Church prays what she believes. Having canonized St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Roman Catholic Church has approved several prayers to her, seeking her intercession through the Communion of Saints: The Communion of Saints is the doctrine that the saints (i. ...


Litany of St. Gianna

(Leader) Lord, have mercy. (Response) Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father in Heaven. Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world. Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God. Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary. Pray for us.
St. Joseph. Pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, filled with love for God. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, filled with love for children. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, filled with love for Our Lady and her Rosary. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, filled with love for the Most Blessed Sacrament. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, who sought the will of God in all things. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, generous with those in need. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, devoted to prayer. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, willing to lay down your life for the sake of the gospel. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, patient in suffering. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, united to Jesus on the Cross. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, called to the vocation of marriage. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, who welcomed children as a blessing. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, physician to the ill. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, faithful daughter of the church. Pray for us.
St. Gianna, witness to the sanctity of human life. Pray for us.
From neglecting God through prayer. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From refusing to see God in the sick and poor. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From callousness to the sufferings of others. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From selfishness. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From a lack of trust in God’s providence. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From blindness to the dignity of the human person. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.
From denial that human life begins at conception. Deliver us Lord through the intercession of St. Gianna.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.

Let us pray.
Lord of life, we thank You for the heroic witness of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. You have taught us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for others. Saint Gianna did this, not only as she gave birth to her last child, but also in her everyday life as she died to herself so that she could live wholly for You. What selflessness we see in her! Help us, we pray, that through the intercession of Saint Gianna, our society may regain a sense of the sacredness of all human life. Fill us with her spirit of courage to suffer any struggle rather than deny You and the sanctity of human life. We ask You this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Composed by a priest from Alabama and offered to the Society of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla)
Nihil obstat: Rev. Joseph G. Prior, Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia
September 29, 2004[3]
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Quotes

"If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; choose -and I demand it- the baby, Save him!"
"Also in suffering, let us say: Thanks be to God."
"If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not commit the smallest sin."


References

  1. ^ Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), Vatican web site
  2. ^ Canonization of Six New Saints;Homily of John Paul II, Sixth Sunday of Easter, 16 May 2004
  3. ^ The Society of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (137th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Gianna Molla - Profile in Faith (363 words)
Gianna Beretta was born in Magenta (Milan) on October 4, 1922, the tenth of thirteen children born to Alberto and Maria Beretta.
Gianna was a diligent scholar during her secondary and university education and also dedicated herself to Christian service.
Gianna Beretta Molla was declared "Blessed" by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994 and was recently canonized on May 16, 2004.
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