Pope Praises Example of Saint Catherine of Siena for Feast Day

Says to Remember Patron of Italy Who Gave Example to "Not Bend to Human Compromises"

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After the catechesis at today's General Audience, Pope Francis had a special greeting for the Polish pilgrims present. He also recalled the patron of Europe and Italy, Saint Catherine of Siena, who's feast was Tuesday.

Speaking to the Polish pilgrims and noting the greatness of their “witness of faith, hope, charity and trust in Divine Mercy," he asked that John Paul's "intercession support the life and good intentions of each one of you, the worries and joys of your loved ones, the development and serene future of the Church in Poland, and of your entire homeland.”

Turning to the young, sick, and newlyweds, he mentioned that yesterday was the liturgical feast of St. Catherine of Siena, patron of Italy and Europe.

Recalling her example, he encouraged the young to “learn from her how to live with the clear conscience of those who do not bend to human compromises."

For the sick, he asked the grace to be inspired by “her example of strength in the moments of greatest pain,” and newlyweds to “imitate the solidity of faith of those who trust in God.” (D.C.L.)