56 Years After This Saint Died, Officials Exhumed Her Body And Made An Astonishing Discovery

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With Madeleine gone, Pierre’s sister offered to take Catherine and her sister Marie Antoinette. The two siblings moved to their aunt’s home in the village of Saint-Rémy, just a few miles from Fain-lès-Moutiers. As a child, Catherine was said to have been exceptionally religious.

Image: The Cloisters Collection, 1932
Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Catherine returned to her father’s house in January 1818 when she was 11. Within a few weeks, she took her first communion at the nearby Moutiers-Saint Jean church. The day of her first communion was the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.

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Image: Simon François de Tours (1606-1671)
Image: Simon François de Tours

That day is also remembered by the followers of Saint Vincent de Paul as the birth of the Vincentian movement, a religious order devoted to helping the poor. As we shall see, this religious organization was to have a deep significance in later years in Catherine’s adult life.

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