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Saint Genevieve
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Saint Genevieve, seventeenth-century painting, Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Born c. 419–422
Nanterre, France
Died 502–512 (aged 79–93)
Paris, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church,
Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized Pre-congregation
Feast 3 January
Patronage Paris

Saint Genevieve is a saint in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition. She is the patron saint of Paris. Her feast day is kept on January the 3rd.

In 451 she led a "prayer marathon" in Paris that was said to divert Attila's Huns away from the city. In 464 Childeric I besieged the city and conquered it. She negotiated to collect food and convinced Childeric to release his prisoners.

Clovis I founded an abbey where Genevieve could minister. She was later buried there. The church witnessed numerous miracles at her tomb. Genevieve was canonised.


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