Medieval mystic Angela da Foligno becomes saint
Beatified in 1693 by Pope Innocent XII11 October, 13:33
The pope's predecessor Benedict XVI had made a similar choice on May 10 last year when he officially enrolled in the catalogue of saints Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), a German Benedictine abbess already venerated as saint by the Catholic Church, though two canonization processes had never been completed.
Angela da Foligno married at 20 and led a "wild, adulterous and sacrilegious life", according to her spiritual counsellor Friar Amaldo, until her conversion around 1285.
After losing in a short space of time her husband, children and mother, she enrolled in the Third Order of Saint Francis in 1291. She died in Foligno on January 4, 1309 and was venerated as 'Magistra Theologorum', master of theologians, as she was able to gather around her a number of spiritual disciples including Ubertino da Casale. Her body rests in the Church of Saint Francis, a sanctuary in her honour.