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Italian nun beatified

October 03, 2011

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, traveled to the small northwestern Italian city of Ivrea to preside at the beatification of Sister Antonia Maria Verna (1773-1838).

Amid the opposition of her family and the turmoil of the French Revolution and Napoleonic invasions, the future foundress of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception renounced the possibility of marriage, catechized the young, and visited the sick.


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