Saint Frances of Rome

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One of the great Mystics of the 16th Century, St. Frances was a wife, mother, foundress of a community and defender of the Church. A good deal of her life took place during the Great Western Schism. Her family was greatly affected by this difficult time in the Church.

She had a great love for and devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory. Our Lord Jesus asked her to go into Purgatory to feel the pain of the poor souls there. She had an Angel who stayed with her all her life. She always worked with the poor in Rome. During the plague, she worked tirelessly to save those whom she could, and bury those who died. After her husband died, she wento to live with the community she had founded. She had many visions.