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Sisterhood of Saints: Catherine of Siena

March 25, 1347–April 29, 1380 Some of our most beloved saints wouldn’t take no for an answer. Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Church and one of the most influential women in Catholic history, is one of those saints.
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Saint Catherine of Siena: The Feisty Dominican

Catherine Benincasa’s life is both thoroughly medieval and surprisingly modern. She became the “Mamma” of a band of friends and disciples, including some saints in their own right, such as Blessed Raymond of Capua. She was a nurse, a mystic, and one of the most influential women of her time. Through her letters and visits, she advised princes and popes on social and political issues, and is credited with ending the Avignon “captivity” of the papacy in the 14th century. She was a feisty Italian woman, one of the shining lights of the Dominican Order. 
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