December 24, 1962
The provincial administration
of Milan presents the Molla family with a gold metal in Gianna
memory. Also present at the ceremony was the future Pope Paul
VI, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini, Archbishop of Milan,
who was deeply touched by Gianna’s heroic sacrifice.
|September 24, 1966
The Board of Education of Milan re-names the elementary school
of Ponte Nuovo di Magenta in honor of Gianna Beretta Molla. Cardinal
Giovanni Colombo, Archbishop of Milan, presides and offers a
Bishop Carlo Colombo meets
with Pietro Molla to inform him of the Church’s wish to promote
the beatification cause
for Gianna Beretta Molla.
|November 6, 1972
Cardinal Giovanni Colombo, having gained the favorable opinion
of the Bishops Conference of Lombardy, promotes the cause for
the beatification of the Servant of God Gianna Beretta Molla,
and requests the compilation of informative acts and documents.
|April 11, 1978
Cardinal Giovanni Colombo and the 16 members of
the Bishops Conference of Lombardy petition Pope John Paul II
for the introduction of the cause for the beatification of Gianna
|April 27, 1978
Compiled Acts and Documents are sent to the Congregation for
the Causes of Saints.
|February 8, 1980
||The Congregation authorized the issuance of the introduction
of the cause.
|March 15, 1980
||Pope John Paul confirms the authorization for the introduction
of the cause and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints grants
NULLA OSTA (there is no obstacle).
|April 28, 1980
By the decree of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop of
Milan, the cause for the beatification of the Servant of God
Gianna Beretta Molla is officially introduced.
|June 30, 1980 to March 21, 1986
The process and investigation into the life and virtues of
the Servant of God Gianna Beretta Molla continues (158 sessions
for the deposition of 48 witnesses).
|September 29, 1980 to January 5, 1984
A Rogatorial Process of 21 sessions to
collect 7 testimonies. Among the witnesses are 7 priests, 9
religious women, a number
of Gianna Beretta Molla’s peers in Catholic Action and
in the medical field, Gianna Beretta Molla’s husband,
brother, sisters and other relatives.
|April 11, 1986
Father Bernardino da Siena, the Postultor for the Cause, delivers
the Cognitional Process and the Rogatorial Process to the Congregation
for the Causes of Saints. Both processes compiled into 4 volumes,
totaling 2,570 pages.
|April 12, 1986
||The “Decree of Opening” is issued.
|November 14, 1986
||The Congregation issues the “Decree of Validity” and
begins the definitive examination of the life and virtues of
the Servant of God Gianna Beretta Molla.
|July 6, 1991
||The Congregation for the Cause of Saints confirms the heroic
virtues of Gianna Beretta Molla by the “Decree of Heroicity
of Virtue” signed by Pope John Paul II.
|May 22, 1992
The Special Congress of the Congregation
of the Causes of Saints met in Rome to discuss and evaluate
the miracle attributed to
Gianna Beretta Molla’s intercession. All considered the
phenomenon a third degree miracle.
|December 21, 1992
||“Decree of Miracle” issued.
|April 24, 1994
||Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified.
||The second miracle is examined and validated.
|February 10, 2004
||The process of canonization is officially concluded.
|May 16, 2004
Gianna Beretta Molla was canonized in
Saint Peter’s Square,
Rome by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.