7 Legendary Stigmatics


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Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)
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In 1940, Gemma Galgani was the first person canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century. Also known as "The Passion Flower of Lucca," Galgani experienced the stigmata every Friday for two years. During her lifetime, some doctors and clergy called her a heretic. But others considered her a miracle worker. Even after her death two people claimed their prayers to her healed their ulcers.