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Saint Joan of Arc

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Saint Joan of ArcSaint "Joan of arc" is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6 of 1412," Joan of arc was born to pious parents in the French peasant class, in the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, he heard voices: those of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret. In the beginning, the messages are personal and general. Then at last came the crowning goal. In May 1428, their voices "of Saint Michael, Saint Margarita and Saint Catalina," said Joan to go to the King of France and help him regain his kingdom. For at the time was the English, to the throne as king of France and duke of Burgundy, the main rival of the French king, was siding with him and gobbling up more and more French territory. After overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, the seventeen year old is given a small army with which he raised the siege of Orleans on May 8th of 1429. Later, he enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes, during which the king was able to enter Rheims and crowned with her at his side. In May 1430, when it was trying to ease Compiegne, was captured by Burgundians and sold to Charles when the English and French did nothing to save her. After months in prison, on trial in Rouen by a tribunal chaired by the famous Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped the English would help him to be archbishop. Through their lack of familiarity with technical aspects of theology, Joan was trapped into making some statements detrimental. When he refused to retract the assertion that these were the saints of God who had commanded to do what she had done, was sentenced to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake by May 30, 1431 . He was nineteen years old. Some thirty years later, he was exonerated of any guilt and was eventually canonized in 1920, making official what people have known for centuries. His feast is May 30.