facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pope names 12th-century mystic nun a saint

May 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM   |   Comments

VATICAN CITY, May 10 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI Thursday officially declared 12th-century German mystic nun Hildegard of Bingen to be a saint.

Although most Catholics already regarded Hildegard as a saint, canonization attempts in the past had gone wrong for various reasons, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

In recent years, the nun has been the subject of sermons by the pope, particularly amidst sex abuse scandals. Benedict has said Hildegard was a model for the way Catholics should react today.

Hildegard, who lived from 1098 to 1179, was a writer, composer, philosopher, the head of an abbey of nuns and visionary who founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg and Eibingen. She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs and poems.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
2
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
3
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
4
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles
5
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback