Saint Rita of Cascia Patroness of Impossible Causes (Born 1381 – 22 May 1457) is remembered for her Christian values. Pope Leo XIII canonised Rita on 24 May 1900 and her feast day is celebrated on 22nd May. At her canonization ceremony she was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes. In many Catholic countries, Rita came was known as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women.
Saint Rita of Cascia (Margherita Lotti) was born in 1381 in the city of Roccaporena a small suburb of Cascia where various sites connected with her are the focus of pilgrimages. Her parents, Antonio and Amata Ferri Lotti, were known to be noble, charitable persons.
According to pious accounts, Rita was originally pursued by a notary named Gubbio but she resisted his offer. She was married at age twelve to a nobleman named Paolo Mancini. Her parents arranged her marriage, despite her repeated requests to be allowed to enter a convent of religious sisters. Her husband, Paolo Mancini, was known to be a rich, quick-tempered, immoral man, who had many enemies in the region of Cascia. Rita was a child bride, married before the age of 12. The marriage lasted for eighteen years, during which she is remembered for her Christian values as a model wife and mother. She made efforts to convert her husband from his abusive behaviour. Upon the murder of her husband by another feuding family, she sought to dissuade her sons from revenge. Rita had her first child at the age of twelve.
According to popular tales, through humility, kindness, and patience, Saint Rita of Cascia was able to convert her husband into a better person. He specifically renounced a family feud known at the time as La Vendetta. Rita eventually bore two sons, Giangiacomo (Giovanni) Antonio, and Paulo Maria, and brought them up in the Christian faith.