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Pope to canonise mother who said no to abortion

The Vatican has announced the May canonisation of an Italian woman who chose to give birth to her fourth child rather than have an abortion that might have saved her life.

Gianna Berretta Molla, a 40-year-old doctor who died in 1962, is one of six new saints to be canonised by the Holy Father on 16 May. The pope beatified Molla in 1995.

He will canonise three other Italians, one Lebanese and one Spaniard on the same day. Italian priests Luigi Orionel and Annibale Francia, and nun Paola Elisabetta, together with Lebanese Maronite Christian monk Nimatullah Al Hardini and Spanish priest Jose Manyanet are also scheduled for canonisation.

The Holy Father has so far created 474 saints since he was elected pope in 1978.

Pope canonises anti-abortion mum (Agence France-Presse/ 20/2/04)

Bl. Gianna Beretta Molla (St Charles Borromeo Patron Saints)
Anti Abortion Icon on Road to Sainthood (The Scotsman 19/2/04)
Path to 6 Canonizations May Soon Open (Zenit 10/2/04)
Canonizations: 2004 to See Beatification of Religious Founders (Vidimus Dominum 11/2/04)

20 Feb 2004