St. Margaret of Cortona

St. Margaret of Cortona was born in 1247. She eloped with a nobleman after her father remarried. Her lover died nine years later, and she and her son took refuge with the Franciscan Friars in Cortona. She became a Franciscan tertiary and cared for the sick poor, later forming a congregation of Tertiary Sisters known as le Poverelle and founding a hospital. She died in 1297.

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