May 30- Saint Joan of Arc: Patron Saint of France, Soldiers and Rape Victims

 Saint Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of Soldiers

Extract from SAINT JOAN OF ARC: “Saint Joan of Arc or Jeanne la Pucelle (Joan the Maid) as she preferred to be called lived for only nineteen years but the brilliance of her life continues to inspire and amaze people even today. Joan was the youngest person in history to lead the armies of a nation at only seventeen and her victories at Orleans and Patay are considered among the greatest in all of military history. Despite her great successes, Joan was captured and put on trial for heresy by her English enemies under the auspices of a Church trial. She was ultimately convicted and declared a relapsed heretic and burned at the stake on May 30, 1430. Twenty-six years later another trial conducted by the Church (today’s Roman Catholic Church) overturned the ruling of the first trial and declared that Joan was a martyr who had been wrongly executed by corrupt partisan clergy who abused a Church trial for secular purposes. In 1920 Joan was officially canonized a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church affirming what so many during her life and down through the ages have believed that she was indeed “A SAINT.” See PICTURE of Saint Joan of Arc. Santa Giovanna d’Arco (It),   PRAYERS to Saint Joan of Arc.

 Saint Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of Rape Victims

Extract from Joan of Arc: “Saint Joan of Arc, nicknamed The Maid of Orléans (French: ”Jeanne d’Arc”,[1] IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; ca. 1412[2] – 30 May 1431) is considered a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII. She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was 19 years old.[3] Twenty-five years after the execution, Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent and declared her a martyr.[3] Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.[2] She is – along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux – one of the patron saints of France. Joan asserted that she had visions from God that instructed her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission.” See also: Sainte JEANNE D’ARC Vierge, Libératrice de la France (1412-1431) (FR) Santa Giovanna d’Arco Vergine (IT). VIDEOS: Saint Joan of Arc, St. Joan of Arc – Warrior of God (True Story), Saint Joan of Arc ( Jeanne d’Arc ), PRAYERS for the Chaplet of St. Joan of Arc.

 Saint Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of Soldiers

Extract from Saint Joan of Arc:“One of five children born to Jacques d’Arc and Isabelle Romee. Shepherdess. Mystic. From age 13 she received visions from Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Michael the Archangel. In the early 15th century, England, in alliance with Burgundy, controlled most of what is modern France. In May 1428 Joan’s visions told her to find the true king of France and help him reclaim his throne. She resisted for more than three years, but finally went to Charles VII in Chinon and told him of her visions. Carrying a banner that read “Jesus, Mary”, she led troops from one battle to another. She was severely wounded, but her victories from 23 February 1429 to 23 May 1430 brought Charles VII to the throne. Captured by the Burgundians during the defence of Compiegne, she was sold to the English for 10 thousand francs. She was put on trial by an ecclesiastical court conducted by Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, a supporter of England, and was executed as a heretic. In 1456 her case was re-tried, and Joan was acquitted (23 years too late).  ‘About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.’ – Saint Joan of Arc, as recorded at her trial.” See also:   Prayer to Saint Joan for Faith, videos: Biography: Joan of Arc, Part 1, Joan of Arc: Heretic or Saint?, Joan of Arc – Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen. andSanta Juana de Arco (Sp) andŚwięta Joanna d’Arc, dziewica (Po) .

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Joan of Arc on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Violent Protests and Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (August, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 15 – August 28, 2011.

Rape in the DR Congo (June 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 4 – July 17, 2011.

The War against Drugs in Australia (Summer 2010) (Oceania) See WMR Intentions – July 19-August 1, 2010.


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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