born: Siena 1347
died: Rome april 29 1380
Doctor of the Church and patron saint of Italy.
She was the 23rd child of Jacopo Benincasa. She saw angels as clearly as ordinary people. Aged 7, after a vision of 'Christ in glory' she promised her virginity to Him. To show her determination not to marry, she cut off her hair. Her family was furious, but Jacopo ordered her to be left alone and allowed a room for prayer.
She mystically married Jesus and seems to have actively seeking humiliation. This included highlights such as drinking drinking cupfuls of cancerous puss from a sick woman that abused her.
Catherine got the Pope to move back to Italy from France. In 1378 the Great Schism began and devastated Catherine. She had a seizure and died.
Wingspan: 1,62 m
Weight (approx): 44 kg
Range and distribution: Italy
Color: white and brown tunic.
Special features: ring, stigmata, lily.