Catherine of Siena

[Catherine de Sienne]
Ignatius Press
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Type: Literature
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Biography of Saint Catherine of Siena, a mystic saint of the Middle Ages, who asked the Pope to return from Avignon to Rome, and sacrificed her entire life for the Church.
Italy was by then split into small republics, in constant struggle with each other and with the Pope, despite the fact that they were all Catholic.

The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, and converted to Catholicism at age 42: for this reason, she had to suffer the ostracism of the intelligentsia and the hostile attitude of her compatriots, to which she responded literarily, with several historical books that portray the life of the danish writer by the time it was Catholic.

The book was published two years after the death of the author, it is a work that also reflects her life. Like Saint Catherine, she became a mantelata of the Third Order of Santo Domingo, and she dedicated herself to defending the Catholic Church.

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal, 2021