Date Added: 2019-06-11T16:05:40Z
Catherine of Siena was a scholastic philosopher and theologian. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi. She was also a woman of action, who acted as an ambassador and counselor to Popes Gregorio XI and Urbano VI. She was responsible for bringing back the Pope to the eternal city after the papal residence had moved from Rome to Avignon. She also participated in an active manner in the Great Western Schism which would for ever change the life and course of history in the Italian peninsula. She is one of the only three women saints, together with Teresa of Avila and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, to have been declared Doctors of the Church, a title given to those whose writings deem to correspond to the doctrine of the church and which the church believes can be used as teachings.
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