The banner at the top is a detail from the stained glass windows in the church. This month we show St Catherine of Siena, urging Pope Gregory XI to leave Avignon and return to Rome - an appeal that was successful. Catherine was a lay Dominican, a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and the Church. She is a Doctor of the Church and co-patron of Italy. She died on 29 April, 1380.