The major portion of her body is now enshrined under glass in the altar at St. Frances Cabrini Shrine, part of Mother Cabrini High School, at 701 Fort Washington Avenue, in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. At that time, her head was removed and is preserved in the chapel of the congregation's international motherhouse in Rome. The street to the west of the shrine was renamed Cabrini Boulevard in her honor.
Mother Cabrini's missing Head????
I will be traveling to New York in the fall and was looking forward to visiting the resting place of Mother Cabrini. However I was disappointed to discover that the remains of her body have been separted. In the glass display case is her body but the head is wax...her actually head is in Europe???
I found this so upsetting and I don't understand why they would remove her head from her body. Its seems so horribly wrong can someone help me understand why this would be done. I have never heard of a saints head be removed and place in another country.
St. Veronica Giulani cleaned latrines with her tongue and ate spiders and cat vomit. She and St. Margret of Cortona also went on occasional eating binges. Catherine made herself vomit with a birch branch and sometimes chewed and spit food. Both she and St. Angela of Folgino drank pus from open sores.
Others were more clearly focused on the body and specifically punishing the sexual organs. St. Jeanne de Valois drove silver nails into her breasts in the shape of a cross. St. Rose of Lima wore a hairshirt studded with nails under her robe and a crown of nails under her veil. She had started mortifying herself with nails as a child. When her mother gave her a crown of flowers Rose was so ashamed of her vanity she nailed the wreath to her head. St. Marguerite Mare Alacoque cut and then burnt the name Jesus into her chest. St. Francesca Romana burnt her genitals with hot pork fat. Bl. Columba of Reiti mutilated her breasts and hips with spiked chains.
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