Romana, Saint. Francesca b. 1384 d. March 9, 1440 Roman Catholic Saint. Foundress of the Olivetan Oblates of Mary and patron saint of widows and motorists, Francesca Romana was born in Rome to a noble family. Marrying Lorenzo Ponziani, commander of the Papal troops and member of an extremely wealthy family when she was just twelve years of age, in order to obey her father for her inner vocation was that of becoming a nun, she was an exemplary wife and mothered three children. Experiencing many sorrows in the course of her marriage with Lorenzo...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Church of Saint Francesca Romana, Rome, Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Crypt Beneath The Main Altar.
Schiaffino, Cardinal. Placido Maria b. September 5, 1829 d. September 23, 1889 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Genoa, Placido Maria Schiaffino joined the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation in 1846, taking his vows in October of the following year and was ordained priest in 1852. Appointed chancellor of his congregation in 1859, he soon became known for his mastery of the spoken word. Elected abbot ordinary and vicar general of his congregation, Pope Leo XIII called him to Rome, naming him bishop of the titular see of Nissa. Receiving his episcopal consecration on...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Church of Saint Francesca Romana, Rome, Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy