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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Dominican mystic, was born in Siena, Italy in 1347. While still very young, Catherine devoted herself to God, seeking solitude, mortification, and prayer. When Catherine was 12 years old her parents wished her to marry, but she resisted this and eventually they relented. In 1365, when she was 18 years old, Catherine entered the Dominicans, devoting herself to prayer for the conversion of sinners and to acts of charity to the poor. Catherine suffered from slander spread about her by those she had assisted, the pain of serious physical infirmities, and great political upheaval within the Church. She died in Rome on April 29, 1380, having been sent there by Pope Urban, with whom she corresponded and often advised. She was 33 years old. St. Catherine is the patron of people ridiculed for their piety, and her feast day is April 29.
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