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clareClare was born in Assisi Italy in 1193.  She followed her fellow citizen, St Francis, in a life of poverty.  She founded the Order of the Poor Clares or Minoresses and lived a life of radical poverty at the convent of San Damiano.  She wisely led her community for forty years and gave counsel to many high-ranking prelates.  Such was the fame of her holiness that she was canonised two years after her death in 1253. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2902; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1198

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