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Venerable Chiara Badano (1971-1990)
The life of this Italian girl, who died of bone cancer at the age of 18, can be summed up in this simple sentence that she pronounced from her early childhood: "I still want to say 'yes' to Jesus.” Chiara was born on October 29, 1971, in Liguria. Her parents welcomed her as a grace from the “Madonna delle Rocche” (Virgin of the Rocks) for which they had prayed for 11 years. On May 27, 1979, she made her First Communion. On that day, a priest offered her a book of the Gospels. Shortly afterwards, she wrote: "It’s so easy for me to learn the alphabet; it should be the same for the Gospel.” In 1988, suffering from bone cancer, she learned that her diagnosis was fatal. Accompanied by her mother, the young girl remained prostrate for 25 minutes in absolute silence. It was time to say "yes" to Jesus again.

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