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Sant'Agata is the saint patron of Catania, where she died martyred in 251.
St. Agatha, also known as Agatha of Sicily, is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of the Catholic Church. It is believed that she was born in Sicily to a rich and noble family.

From her very early years, the notably beautiful Agatha dedicated her life to a higher devotion toward religion.That did not stop men from desiring her and making unwanted advances toward her. However, one of the men who desired Agatha, whose name was Quintianus, because he was of a high ranking, thought he could force her to turn away from her vow and force her to marry. His persistent proposals were consistently spurned by Agatha, so Quintianus, knowing she was a Christian during the persecution of Decius, had her arrested and brought before the judge. He was the Judge. She was judged and brought to dead cutting her breast and burning on fire.
Today she is venerated s patron to Bell-founders; breast cancer; breast disease; against fire; earthquakes; eruptions of Mount Etna, rape victims; single laywomen; sterility; torture victims; volcanic eruptions.

a painting of Sant'Agata by Alessandro LaGreca
a painting of Sant'Agata by Alessandro LaGreca
2018