posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 27 April 2018, 08:28
St Philomena’s remains were discovered in May 1802 in a tomb in the Catacomb of St Priscilla in Rome. Three tiles which enclosed the tomb bore the inscription “Pax Tecum Filumena” meaning “Peace be with you, Philomena”. It was assumed that the remains were those of a young virgin martyr and were sent to the Vatican for storage.
Her remains were removed to Mugnano del Cardinale, close to Naples in 1805 where they were enshrined in the local church and became the focus of widespread devotion. A number of miracles were accredited to the saint’s intercession, including the healing of the Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835 which received a great deal of publicity. St John Vianney attributed to her intercession cures that others had and attributed to himself.
In 1833, a Neapolitan nun, Sister Maria Luisa di Gesu reported that Philomena had appeared to her in a vision and told her that she was a Greek Princess martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian who reigned from 284 to 305 A.D.
Although Philomena is no longer officially a saint she continues to be a popular Saint and receive personal devotions. Her relics are still enshrined at Mugnano. In art she is often portrayed with her symbols from the tomb: a lance, arrows, lily and anchor.
Philomena is the patron saint of babies, infants and youths and her feast day is August 11th.
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