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April 28th is the Feast Day of St. Dr. Gianna Beretta Molla.
“Conscious immolation», was the phrase used by Pope Paul VI to define the act of Blessed Gianna, remembering her at the Sunday Angelus of September 23, 1973, as: “A young mother from the diocese of Milan, who, to give life to her daughter, sacrificed her own, with conscious immolation”. The Holy Father in these words clearly refers to Christ on Calvary and in the Eucharist.
Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, during the international Year of the Family.
To learn more about this Patron of Mothers, Physicians and Unborn Children, read her full biography here on Vatican.va.
A very Happy Feast Day to you as we celebrate the faithful life of St. Dr. Gianna Beretta Molla.