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Mystics : St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) grew up in a lower middle class family in Siena that for years belonged to a group participating in the government of the Republic of Siena. She vowed to remain a virgin at age 7, locked herself up in a small room in her father's house and claimed to have visions from an early age. Later she rejoined her family, served the poor, after a vision in which she claimed to have seen heaven, hell and the purgatory, she began to correspond with princes and republics, giving advice. She asked pope Gregory to leave Avignon for Rome, to reform the administration of the church. Gregory returned to Rome in 1377, and died shortly afterward. His successor, Urban VI., called St. Catherine to move to Rome (1378), where she lived for the last 2 years of her life. She died in 1380; she is said to have received the STIGMATA, after her death, as a proof that the revelacions she claimed to have had were true. St. Catherine was canonized in 1461.

Biography of St. Catherine of Siena, from the Aquinas Institute of Theology
Articles from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1914 edition : St. Catherine of Siena
DOCUMENTS Dialog of the Seraphic Virgin Catherine of Siena, dictated while in a state of ecstasy .. 1370, from

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