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The true story of ST. CLARE OF ASSISI Patron saint of television,

Beautiful and kindly, lively and rich, the eldest daughter of the Offreducio family slipped out of her fatheruc0u146 s house on Palm Sunday night 1212. Awaiting her at a small church was St. Francis of Assisi. Clare gave away all her finery, cut off her flowing hair, put on a sackcloth robe, and became a nun. The rules for the order she founded (now called the Poor Clares) were strict and severe. They wore no shoes, ate no meat, slept on the ground and lived in absolute poverty. This policy scandalized wealthy churchmen -- several Popes tried to persuade her of ituc0u146 s folly -- but Clare had her way. Because she and her sisters stitched vestments and altar cloths, Clare was adopted by embroiderers as their patroness. Her name, which means uc0u147 lightu148 accounts for her traditional invocation by those with sore eyes. In 1958, Pope Pius XII declared her Patroness of Television. It seems that on Christmas eve 1253, when she was old and sick and could not leave her bed to partake in the midnight services, she heard the singing, and saw on the wall (as if by television) -- the manger and the mass. In addition to scores of churches dedicated in her name worldwide, In 1998, a shrine to St. Clare was created for the TV IS OK Museum of Televisionary Art. In 2001, a second shrine constructed and displayed at Hollywood Entertainment Museum.


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