Your personal data will be used to support your experience throughout this website, to manage access to your account, and for other purposes described in our privacy policy. She is credited with persuading the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon. She is buried in Mesero. She recognized she may lose her life during delivery, but she was ready. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. On April 21, 1962, Gianna Emanuela Molla successfully delivered by Caesarean section. A few days before the baby was to be born, Gianna prayed the Lord take any pain away from the child. So, is the Avengers’ Infinity Gauntlet Really the Incorrupt Hand of St. Teresa of Avila. She grew up viewing life as God's beautiful gift and found the greatest necessity and effectiveness in prayer. Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Catherine lived from March 25, 1347 to April 29, 1380, and was canonized by Pope Pius II in 1461. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family. St Christopher Medal - Sterling Silver - Large, Engravable, St Margaret of Cortona Tiny Charm - 14 Karat Gold Filled, St Francis of Assisi - Sterling Silver Patron Saint Medal, St Jude Medal - Sterling Silver - Large, Engravable, St Michael the Archangel Medal - Sterling Silver - Medium, Engravable, A Surprising Patron Saint for Artillerymen. In 2003, mother-to-be Elizabeth Comparini experienced a tear in her placenta when she was 16-weeks pregnant. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. A convert to Christianity, he followed Saint Paul and wrote the third Gospel and…, St Raphael is one of the three Archangels mentioned in Sacred Scripture, along with Gabriel and Michael. At three-years-old, Gianna and her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. Gianna pleaded with the surgeons to save her child's life over her own. After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy, but Gianna spent the remainder of her pregnancy with an unparalleled strength and insistent dedication for her tasks as a mother and a doctor. As a young girl, Gianna openly accepted her faith and the Catholic-Christian education provided to her from her loving parents. They were celebrated for their medical science skills and for their great charity, whi…, St. Luke the Evangelist was born a Greek and a Gentile and is believed to have been a physician prior by profession. Pope Benedict XVI oversaw her canonization on May 10, 2012. For more details, see our Privacy Policy. 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Her doctors discovered she had developed a fibroma in her uterus, meaning she was carrying both a baby and a tumor. In 1952, Gianna specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan and from there on, she was especially drawn toward mothers, babies, the elderly and the poor. St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children. patrons against job-related stress; patrons of AIDS care-givers Her husband and their children, including Gianna Emanuela, attended her canonization ceremony, making this the first time a husband witnessed his wife's canonization. Catholic teaching affirms what medical science, the Natural Law, the Bible and unbroken Christian tradition affirm, the child in the womb has a fundamental Human Right to Life. After examination, the doctors gave her three choices: an abortion, which would save her life and allow her to continue to have children, but take the life of the child she carried; a complete hysterectomy, which would preserve her life, but take the unborn child's life, and prevent further pregnancy; or removal of only the fibroma, with the potential of further complications, which could save the life of her baby. Saint of the Day for Friday, Nov 27th, 2020. One of two women declared to be Doctors of the Church in 1970, Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582) was the founder of the order known as the Discalced Carmelites. Her beatification, under Pope Paul V, was on April 24, 1614. During Gianna's canonization ceremony, John Paul II described her as, "a simple, but more than ever, significant messenger of divine love.". In November 1956, Gianna became a mother to her first child, Pierluigi. Her Feast Day is October 1; it was celebrated on October 3 from 1927 until 1969. Get a 10% Off coupon today and notice of discounts and other releases as they happen. notes about your extended family in heaven. Elizabeth is said to have prayed to Gianna Molla and asked for her intercession. Gianna hoped to join her brother, a missionary priest in Brazil, where she intended to offer her medical expertise in gynecology to poor women.