Catherine of Siena

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Catherine of Si·en·a

 (sē-ĕn′ə, syĕ′nä), Saint 1347-1380.
Italian religious leader who mediated a peace between the Florentines and Pope Urban VI in 1378.

Catherine of Siena

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(Biography) Saint. 1347–80, Italian mystic and ascetic; patron saint of the Dominican order. Feast day: April 29
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Catherine Benincasa, better known as Saint Catherine of Siena, needs no introduction: Canonized in 1461, proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1970 and co-patroness of Europe in 1999, she is best known to medieval historians for her role in the pope's 1376 return to Rome from Avignon and to literary critics as the first prolific woman writer in the Italian vernacular.
Catherine Benincasa (1347-1380) is renowned as the poor dyer's daughter from Siena who brought a pope to heel, or so the story goes.