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Daily Catholic Question

Are there any black saints?

St. Benedict the Black (d. 1589), a Franciscan brother in Italy, was canonized in 1807. St. Martin de Porres (d. 1639), a Dominican brother in Lima, was canonized in 1962. This son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed slave was known for his compassion.

Josephine Bakhita (c.1868-1947), a former Sudanese slave who joined the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Italy, was canonized last October. In 1964, 22 Ugandan martyrs were beatified.

The first black follower of Jesus may have been the Ethiopian eunuch baptized by Philip (Acts 8:26-40).

Go to http://www.catholic.org/saints and click on “Black Saints.” You will find a partial list, including Saints Monica and Augustine, patrons of many African-American parishes in the United States.

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Saturday, February 02, 2013
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Gianna Beretta Molla: 
		<p>In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! </p>
		<p>She was born in Magenta (near Milano) as the 10th of Alberto and Maria’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Gianna earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia and opened a clinic in Mesero. Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing.</p>
		<p>Shortly before her 1955 marriage to Pietro Molla, Gianna wrote to him: “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” She and Peter had three children, Pierlluigi, Maria Zita and Laura. </p>
		<p>Early in the pregnancy for her fourth child, doctors discovered that Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later, Gianna Emanuela was born, The following week Gianna Beretta Molla died in Monza of complications from childbirth. She is buried in Mesero.</p>
		<p>Gianna Emanuela went on to become a physician herself. Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified in 1994 and canonized 10 years later.</p>
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