April 28 – Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: Patron Saint Against Abortion

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Patron Saint Against Abortion (Feast Date: April 28)

Extract from Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: “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.”  Picture of St. Gianna Beretta Molla. See also: Gianna Beretta Molla (Multilingual), Prayers of St. Gianna.

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Gianna Beretta Molla on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Abortion in America (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 8 – October 21, 2012).

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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