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Saint of the Day: Hedwig of Poland

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Saint Hedwig of Poland

Feast Day: July 17

Monument of St. Hedwig Katowice Panewniki, Poland. (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Monument of St. Hedwig Katowice Panewniki, Poland. (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Hedwig, or Jadwiga, was the daughter of King Louis of Poland and Hungary and whis wife, Elizabeth of Bosnia. After her father’s untimely death, Hedwig was made Queen of Poland at age 10. Her betrothed was Grand Duke Jagiello of Lithuania. He converted to Christianity and the royal marriage was key in the conversion of Lithuania. Hedwig dealt with many revolts and tried to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. She encouraged perpetual adoration and helped to unite Latin and Orthodox Christians.

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