Catherine the Great of Siena

Posted April 29, 2019 5:45 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Catherine the Great of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena, born in 1347, and who died on this day in 1380, was in no uncertain terms a remarkable woman.  She was the 22nd child of Lapa, the daughter of a local poet, and Giacomo di Benincasa – a cloth dyer; Catherine, who developed into a healthy child, had a twin, Giovanna, who died soon after birth. The Benincasas ended up with 25 (!!) children – this was well before the controversy over contraception, when children, large families and ‘multiplying’ were seen as a ‘great blessing’. Alas, half of Catherine’s siblings died in infancy, and many more

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