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Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi

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The story of St. Francis and St. Clare is a love story, not of a romance between the two of them, but of an enduring love they shared for Christ. Clare was a rich young woman when she heard Francis preach. Her heart was moved and she decided to leave her privileged world for a life of poverty. More from Melissa Musick after the jump:

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An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era

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St. Rita's Monastery Brides who cannot afford a wedding dress come to St. Rita’s monastery in Cascia, Italy. The monastery — once home to St. Rita, an abused bride and a widow before becoming a nun about 600 years ago — has long been a pilgrimage site for Italian women, who come to pray to the saint to protect their marriages. Read more from The New York Times here: An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era. See pictures after the jump:

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