When she was only 17 years old, she led the French army as it fought for independence from England.
She was eventually captured by the enemy and burned alive for heresy at the age of 19.
Years later, pope Callistus III reviewed the conviction an in 1456 recognized her innocence. She was declared a saint and patroness of France in 1920.
On several occasions, Benedict XVI has talked about Joan of Arc, highlighting her true commitment to liberate her people.