St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc (c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), born in France, is one of the most renowned figures in history and a revered saint in the Catholic Church. As a young peasant girl, she experienced visions and heard divine voices instructing her to support the dauphin (heir to the French throne) in reclaiming his kingdom from English domination during the Hundred Years’ War. Against societal norms, Joan convinced Charles VII to grant her an army, and she played a pivotal role in turning the tide of the war. Her leadership and military strategies led to several important victories, including the lifting of the siege of Orleans. However, Joan was eventually captured by the English, put on trial, and accused of heresy. Despite her valiant defense, she was condemned and burned at the stake in 1431. Decades later, her trial was reevaluated, and she was exonerated of all charges. Joan of Arc was canonized as a saint in 1920, becoming a symbol of courage, faith, and inspiration for her unwavering devotion to her mission and her unwavering trust in divine guidance.


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