St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, wife and mother, is best known for refusing an abortion when she was pregnant with her fourth child, despite warnings that the continuing pregnancy could be dangerous to her health. On Good Friday of 1962, her daughter Emanuela was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. Gianna died of septic peritonitis a week after the birth.

"This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other--I want them to save my baby."
—Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Italy, 1922-1962.

Her feast day is April 28.


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