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December 24, 1962
The provincial administration of Milan presents the Molla family with a gold metal in Gianna Beretta Molla’s 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 memorial speech.
Spring, 1970
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 Beretta Molla.
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.
2002 –2003 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.

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