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What are some biographical facts about Saint Clare of Assisi?

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Saint Clare of Assisi was an Italian nun who founded the Order of St. Clare, also known as the Poor Clares, and was one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Her feast day is August 11. Saint Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of sore eyes and of television.

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Saint Clare of Assisi was born on July 16, 1194, into a wealthy family. She asked Francis of Assisi to help her dedicate her life to God when she was 18. In 1211, she refused the man her parents chose for her to marry and instead went to Francis. she took her holy vows on March 20, 1212, starting the Order of San Damiano. Her sister, Agnes, joined her.

Clare became abbess of her order in 1216. It was known for its commitment to prayer and the life of poverty the nuns lead. The sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat and spent much of their time in silence. Clare worked to promote her order throughout her life.

Clare is credited with saving Assisi twice through her prayers. She took care of Francis and was with him when he died in 1226. Clare died on August 11, 1253 when she was 59. She was canonized as a saint 2 years later by Pope Alexander IV. In 1263, her order was renamed the Order of St. Clare.

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