St Clare

(1194—1253) Italian saint and abbess

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foundress of the Poor Clares. About 1212 she gave up her possessions and joined St Francis at the Portiuncula. He placed her in a Benedictine community before moving her to San Damiano outside the walls of Assisi; when other women wishing to live on Franciscan lines joined her, she was made abbess (c.1215), a position she held until she died. Feast day 11 (formerly 12) Aug.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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