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Blessed Catherine of Racconigi (The Catholic Church during epidemics)
When any public calamity befell the town, the faithful of all classes, even from distant districts, repaired in pilgrimage to this sanctified center of devotion in Racconigi, where they heard Mass, presented offerings, petitioned for favors or returned thanks for favors received through her intercession. IN 1835, when an epidemic of cholera brought death and desolation in its train, they carried her image in procession, promising to fast for twenty years on the eve of her feast and present a rich chalice of gold and silver, whereupon the epidemic ceased. In gratitude they erected a church, dedicated under her invocation, in the vicinity of her birth place.