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Rome: Tomb of Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo

About Chiara Corbella Petrillo:

Chiara Corgella PetrilloIn an age when people are looking for a long life, Chiara Petrillo’s life was short, and yet here we have an example a short live that has had long-lasting effects.  Born in 1984, she met her husband Enrico Petrillo in Medjugorje in 2002.   After a few more encounters they developed a relationship and Chiara and Enrico married in Assisi on September 21, 2008.  They faced many hardships together, including the death of two children, who both died only 30 minutes after birth.  She had two  children who did survive and when Chiara became pregnant a third time with their son, Francesco, they were at first thrilled with the news.  However, the joyful news of their pregnancy also came with a fatal diagnosis of cancer for Chiara. Her cancer was an unusual lesion of the tongue, which was later discovered to be a carcinoma.

Chiara rejected any treatment that could have saved her life during pregnancy because it would have risked the life of her unborn son. As the cancer progressed, it became difficult for Chiara to speak and see clearly, eventually making her final days on earth particularly excruciating.  She died in 2012 at the age of 28.

Chiara’s cause for canonization was announced June 13, 2017, the fifth anniversary of her death.  The Diocese of Rome will hold the closing session of the diocesan phase of her cause for beatification on Friday, June 21, 2014 at noon in the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Her story is told in the 2015 book, “Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy,” published by Sophia Institute Press.

Click here for the page of the Association of Chiara Corbella Petrillo

And  here is the email address for the Association .

And, finally, here is a link to an article written by her spiritual father about her last days.

Finding the Grave of Chiara Corbella Petrillo in Rome:

Her grave is located in Rome at the Verano Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale del Verano).
Located not far from the Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, the cemetery alone is worth a visit with its many elaborate monuments and tombs.  It is the main cemetery in Rome and often overlooked by visitors.
Address:  Via Tiburtina, 4381, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

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