The saint for April 29
St. Catherine of Sienna
Roman Calendar

Born: 25 March 1347 in Siena, Italy Died: 29 April 1380, aged 33.

Italian mystic, Dominican Tertiary (Third Order), Doctor of the Church. Beginning early in childhood, Catherine experienced mystical visions and practiced a life of penance. At age 16 she entered the Dominican order as a tertiary while continuing to live at home.

In 1370, in an interior vision, she was told to leave off her retired life and to begin to exhort the public figures of her time, to influence them for God. She went to Avignon and influenced Pope Gregory XI to return the papacy to Rome in 1376.

In 1375 she received the five wounds of the stigmata, visible only to herself until after her death. Though she never learned to write, she dictated hundreds of letters and a notable work, titled in English The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena or A Treatise on Divine Providence . She was canonized in 1461 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970.
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