St Rose of Lima

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St Rose of Lima was born in 1586 in modern-day Peru. In her youth, to ward off attention because of her beauty, she would rub pepper on her face. Forbidden by her father from becoming a nun, St Rose became a tertiary Dominican and later took a vow of perpetual virginity. She became known for her strong devotion to prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. She died in 1617 at the age of 31, and was canonised in 1671. St Rose of Lima is the patron saint of Latin America and the Philippines.

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Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.