Mystic, widow, foundress of the Benedictine Oblate congregation of Tor di Specchi, born Rome, Italy, 1384; died there, 1440. Although desirous of entering the religious life, she complied with her father‘s wishes and married Lorenzo de’ Ponziani. In 1433 the pope approved her foundation of Oblates, known as Collatines, and after her husband’s death (1436) she retired to Tor di Specchi, and became superioress. She is famous for her devotion to the angels, who appeared to her frequently and guided her, also for her charity to the poor. Canonized, 1608. Relics in church of Saint Francesca Romana, Rome, Italy. Feast, Roman Calendar, 9 March.
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