Genevieve

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Saint Genevieve
StGenevieve.jpg
Saint Genevieve, seventeenth-century painting, Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Bornc. 419–422
Nanterre, France
Died502–512 (aged 79–93)
Paris, France
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church,
Eastern Orthodox Church
CanonizedPre-congregation
Feast3 January
PatronageParis

Saint Genevieve is a saint in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition. She is the patron saint of Paris. Her feast day is kept on January the 3rd.

In 451 she led a "prayer marathon" in Paris that was said to divert Attila's Huns away from the city. In 464 Childeric I besieged the city and conquered it. She negotiated to collect food and convinced Childeric to release his prisoners.

Clovis I founded an abbey where Genevieve could minister. She was later buried there.[1] The church witnessed numerous miracles at her tomb. Genevieve was canonised.

References[change | change source]

  1. Farmer, David Hugh (1997). The Oxford dictionary of saints (4. ed.). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. pp. 200–201. ISBN 9780192800589.