Agatha of Sicily Biography
Born In: Catania, Italy
Agatha of Sicily is revered as a Christian saint across the globe. According to Christian faith, she committed herself to a life devoted to Jesus Christ at a tender age and thus took the vow of virginity. However, the then-governor of Sicily, Quintianus, laid his eyes on her and made several attempts to coerce her into having an immoral relationship with him. The prevailing circumstances, which witnessed the Christians being persecuted, aided his intentions. He abused the position and power he possessed and tortured her rigorously. However, she suffered through these trials and tribulations and emerged victorious. Christians believe that her immense faith and devotion to Christ helped her endure the severe pain. She was defiled in a brothel and severely tortured in prison. Her breasts were severed, and she was sentenced to be burnt on a stake. However, a miraculous encounter with St. Peter, an apostle of Christ, helped her recover from the wounds. It is presumed that she passed away in prison. In recognition of the suffering and pain she endured and the miracles that followed due to her intercession, Pope Gregory raised her to the position of a saint. She is a patron saint of breast cancer patients, wet nurses, bell-founders, martyrs, bakers, and many disasters.