April 29th is the memorial of St. Catherine of Siena.
She is a saint, a mystic, and a doctor of the Church, as well as a patroness of Italy and of Europe.
Who was she, and why is her life so significant?
Here are 8 things to know and share . . .
1. Who is St. Catherine of Siena?
In 2010, Pope Benedict gave an audience in which he discussed the basic facts of her life:
Born in Siena [Italy] in 1347, into a very large family, she died in Rome in 1380.
When Catherine was 16 years old, motivated by a vision of St Dominic, she entered the Third Order of the Dominicans, the female branch known as the Mantellate.
While living at home, she confirmed her vow of virginity made...READ MORE