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Modern-day saint honored at Fatima

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Our Lady of Fatima School hosted an Enshrinement Ceremony Monday in honor of a modern day saint, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who at the age of 39 gave up her life for the baby in her womb. She's known as the Patron Saint for mothers and physicians.

St. Gianna was a physician and is known as a "modern day saint" because she lived from 1922 to 1962. As a physician, she primarily served mothers and children.

"Life is the most precious gift. It is a gift that is sacred," the Rev. Jim Sobus, priest of the school and parish, said in a press release. "Being a parent always involves sacrifice and often suffering, but as a physician, St. Gianna understood completely the risks involved in her particular complicated pregnancy. She was willing to put the life of her unborn child before her own in order to bring forth new life. St. Gianna accepted her situation and would go on to make the ultimate sacrifice one can make, laying down one's life."

Saint Gianna's Feast Day is April 28. Sobus said Our Lady of Fatima is an appropriate place for the shrine because, "we are a people of faith and it's why we have a school at Fatima.

"It is not just a school, but a parish school," Sobus continued. "Churches and schools are made up of people. People are why we are here. Life unites us as a community of believers, not only Catholics."

Robert White, president of the St. Gianna Society, was present Monday for a prayer service and a special Rite of Blessing of the Womb for mothers-to-be and pregnant women.

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