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National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia

A breathtaking memorial for a 14th-century saint

A statue of St. Rita is the centerpiece of the shrine. Credit: Photo courtesy of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia


Wife. Mother. Widow. Nun. After her husband’s murder, the 14th century Italian widow pleaded for peace, averting a village war. When her two sons later died, she entered a local convent, devoting her life to prayer and charitable works.

The shrine, which once served as a focal point for Italian immigrants, is a magnificent memorial. Built in the style of a 14th-century Renaissance church, the shrine incorporates frescos, marble and stained glass in its homage to St. Rita.

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