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Finding the Body of St. Clare

September 23 

For some six centuries the body of St. Clare lay buried deep under the high altar of Santa Chiara, the church in Assisi which had been built in her honor.  In 1850 Pope Pius IX granted permission that excavations be made, and after seven days the stone coffin containing the body of the saint was found.  When it was opened, it was discovered that the body of St. Clare, though blackened with age, was still incorrupt.  It was put into a crystal coffin, and this was placed in the crypt of the church after it was completed in 1872.  The feast of the Finding of the Body of St. Clare, which was instituted by Pope Pius IX, is celebrated by the Franciscans and Conventuals, as well as the Poor Clares.

from THE FRANCISCAN BOOK OF SAINTS edited by Marion Habig, OFM

Copyright 1959  Franciscan Herald Press     used  with written permission from the publisher (from TAU-Daily)