St. Charles of Sezze (1613-1670)

    Born in Sezze October 22, 1613 by Ruggero Marchionne and Antonia Maccione, farmers of great piety and good condition, Giancarlo was baptized on the 27th of that month, as shown by the act of baptism still preserved in the chapter of the cathedral of S. Mary. For serious misunderstanding with the teacher had to suspend their primary education:  he made the pastor and then the farmer. At seventeen she took a vow of perpetual chastity in honor of the Virgin and, some time later, he asked to be received into the Roman province of the Order of Friars Minor, against the advice of parents and relatives who wanted him priest, Giancarlo preferred to remain simple religious, without access to holy orders: suit, therefore, the habit of the Friars Minor in the convent of Nazzano May 18, 1635, after overcoming many difficulties made his religious profession in 1636 with the name of Br. Charles of Sezze. 


    Subsequently resided in the monasteries of S. Maria Second in Morley, S. Maria delle Grazie in Ponticelli, S. Francis in Palestrina, S. Peter Carpineto Romano, S. And S. Pietro in Montorio Francesco a Ripa in Rome between 1640 and 1642 he lived for a short time in the convents of S. John the Baptist at Piglio and in that of St. Francis in Castel Gandolfo. In October of 1648, participating in the Eucharistic celebration in the church of S. Joseph Capo le Case in Rome, at the moment of elevation, received from the consecrated host - only saint in the history of the Church - the stigma to the heart. 

    Employed in the offices of his own status - cook, gardener, porter, begging and sexton - Charles distinguished himself by his humility, obedience, piety and seraphic love of neighbor, managing to combine the most intense inner life and a contemplative and apostolic tireless charitable work that led him to Urbino, Naples, Spoleto and other cities.

    Laity, priests, bishops, cardinals and popes took advantage of the work of Br. Charles, who had extraordinary gifts from God, including, in particular, those of the board and of infused knowledge, which enabled him to wait an extraordinary ascetic and literary production, according to the only possible course of studies carried out by him. To Alexander VII, who questioned him on Girolama Sword, executed as a heretic in Campo de 'Fiori July 5, 1659, Charles replied that he had never gone to the home of the woman, knowing that she was nothing good. Clement IX sent him to Montefalco to examine yourselves the spirit of a nun, falsely considered holy. Carlo predicted the Roman pontificate to the cardinals Fabio Chigi (Alexander VII), Giulio Rospigliosi (Clement IX), Emilio Altieri (Clement X), and Gianfrancesco Albani (Clement XI).


    After his death, which occurred January 6, 1670 at St. Francesco a Ripa, a stigma appeared on the chest of Charles, which was recognized by a special commission of supernatural origin medical and was cited as one of the two miracles required for beatification.