This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 29 -- Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

Catherine, who lived from 1347 to 1380, was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.  She and Teresa of Avila were the first women to be called Doctors of the Church, a title that had been used by the Roman Catholic establishment since 1298.  Coincidentally, if you type "Pope Paul VI heretic" into the Youtube,  you'll find lots of video mud thrown on his pallium.

Please don't call me Giovanna
But back to Catherine.  She was not average, even as a little girl.  To begin with, she was the twenty-third of twenty-five children born to Lapa Paigenti and her husband, Giacomo di Benincasa.  I figure she was twenty-third and her twin sister Giovanna was twenty-fourth because Lapa nursed her and Giovanna got the wetnurse.  Giovanna didn't make it, but neither did eleven of the previous kids.  A twenty-fifth, also named Giovanna, was born later and also died young.

If Catherine becomes her brother-in-law's wife, is she her own sister-in-law?