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The Extraordinary St. Catherine of Siena

A Bridge between Heaven and Earth

By: Patricia Mitchell

The Extraordinary St. Catherine of Siena: A Bridge between Heaven and Earth by Patricia Mitchell

Lapa Benincasa’s shrieks bounced off the walls of her kitchen and into the narrow streets of Siena. Her daughter Catherine, the twenty-fourth of her twenty-five children, had just shaved her head. 

The fifteen-year-old girl was adamant that she not be married off, and to show the seriousness of her intention, she had chopped off her hair. Strong...

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