Italy / Catherine of Siena, 1347–1380,
Feast Day: April 29
As a young girl, she defied her parents and took up the religious life. A tertiary in the Order of St. Dominic, she tended the incurably ill. Catherine received the stigmata, and she developed a following of young people. Her series of dictated letters are classics of Italian literature. She convinced the Pope to return the Holy See from Avignon, France, to Rome, and this made her the patron of Italy.
Other patronages: Europe; fire prevention, nursing services; firefighters, laundresses; sick people
Invoked: against burns, miscarriage, temptation