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St. Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. At a young age St. Catherine entered the 'Daughters of Charity', in Paris, France. In 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared three times to St. Catherine who was twenty-four years old. Saint Catherine put her hands on the Virgin Mary's lap as the Our Lady spoke to her in an empty chapel.

Saint Catherine's stories spread throughout France and the entire world as many thousands of Catholics began wearing medallion's called 'The Miraculous Medal' commemorating her visions.

She was buried on December 31,1876. In 1933 her body was exhumed for an official beatification. During an examination of the body, it was found that her body is in perfect state of preservation. At 140 Rue du Bac, Paris, the mummy is currently encased in glass beneath the side altar. The praying hands you see in the picture are not real. Saint Catherine's hands were severed and stored separately, in respect for the lap they rested on.

Born Zoé Labouré  May 2, 1806  Fain-lès-Moutiers, Côte-d'Or, France Died December 31, 1876 (aged 70)  Enghien-les-Bains, Seine-et-Oise, France

Venerated in Roman Catholicism Beatified May 28, 1933, Vatican by Pope Pius XI Canonized July 27, 1947, Vatican by Pope Pius XII

Major shrine Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France Feast |28 November

Patronage Miraculous Medal, infirm people, the elderly

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