France, History- ´Sainte Geneviève secourant Paris assiégé ´ -St Genevieve Sainte Geneviève Nanterre, c 419/422 - Paris

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France, History- ´Sainte Geneviève secourant Paris assiégé ´ -St Genevieve Sainte Geneviève Nanterre, c 419/422 - Paris
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France, History- ´Sainte Geneviève secourant Paris assiégé ´ -St Genevieve Sainte Geneviève Nanterre, c 419/422 - Paris 502/512, in Latin Sancta Genovefa, from Germanic keno kin and wefa wife, is the patron saint of Paris in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition Her feast is kept on 3 January Though there is a ´vita´ that purports to be written by a contemporary, Genevieve´s history cannot be separated from her hagiography She was described as a peasant girl born in Nanterre to a Frankish father and a Gallo-Roman mother One day Germanus Saint Germain of Auxerre came to Nanterre, and Genevieve confided in him that she wanted to live only for God He encouraged her and at the age of fifteen, Genevieve became a nun On the deaths of her parents, she went to live with her godmother Lutetia in Paris Since ´Lutetia´ was the former name of the city of Paris, this has symbolic weight There the young woman became admired for her piety and devotion to works of charity, which included corporal austerities, and a vegetarian diet which allowed her to sup but twice per week ´These mortifications she continued for over thirty years, till her ecclesiastical superiors thought it their duty to make her diminish her austerities,´ the Catholic Encyclopedia reports She did encounter opposition and criticism for her activities, both before and after she was again visited by Germanus Like many of her Gallic neighbors, Geneviève had frequent communication with the other world and reported her visions and prophesies, until her enemies conspired to drown her Through the intervention of Germain of Auxerre, their animosity was finally overcome The bishop of the city appointed her to look after the welfare of the virgins dedicated to God, and by her instruction and example she led them to a high degree of sanctity Shortly before the attack of the Huns under Attila in 451 on Paris, with the help of Germanus´ archdeacon, the panic-stricken people of Paris were persuaded not to leave their