January 6, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Six hundred years ago, one of the most emblematic saints of the Catholic Church was born. Her name was Joan of Arc, born on January 6th, 1412. According to tradition, the young Frenchwoman, heard the voice of St. Michael, who told her, she would free her people from siege.
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.