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Saint Rita of Cascia


The Basilica of St. Rita of Cascia offers all visitors a significant opportunity of reflection and prayer. Rita of Cascia, in the world Margherita Lotti, an Augustinian nun, was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. The basilica is a modern construction, built in this century, over nine years, from 1938 to 1947. The present church was founded to replace an earlier one, rebuilt in 1557 and already dedicated to St. Rita. The Augustinian nuns, the Sisters of Rita, still live in this place of cloistered. In the Basilica's chapel, there is the body of the saint and the sarcophagus where the nuns deposited the body of Rita just after her death.