IV Centenary of the Canonization of Saint Francesca Romana

IV Centenary of the Canonization of Saint Francesca Romana  

Francesca was born in Rome in 1384. She grew up in the comfort of a rich, noble family, but she hoped to enter the convent, a choice she was unable to make since her parents had other plans for her. At the young age of 13 she was married to Lorenzo de' Ponziani, a rich man, also of nobility, and she went to live in his home in Trastevere. She accepted with simplicity the great gifts she received, including a loving husband, wealth, and three children, two of whom died. She was very generous with everyone, especially the poor, and she widened her charitable outreach by creating a community which today is called the Oblates of Santa Francesca Romana. The commemorative stamps for the fourth centenary of the ca-nonization are based on a series of frescoes from the 15th century by Antoniazzo Romano in the Tor de’ Specchi Convent of the Oblates of S. Francesca Romana in Rome. The works represent two moments in the life of the Saint: “The Miracle of the Grapes” and the “Healing of a Poor Man with an Injured Arm”. Saint Francesca Romana died in Rome in 1440.