Benedict XVI is set to appoint Hildegard von Bingen as a Doctor of the Church in October of 2012. Living in the 12th-century, she was a German Benedictine nun known for her visions and prophecies. A multi-talented woman, she was also a composer, philosopher, physicist, and ecologist — a pioneer in many of these fields during the Medieval times of Germany.
With this appointment of Doctor, the Church recognizes a person’s contribution to Catholic theology still felt despite the passage of time. There are currently 33 doctors of the Church, 3 of whom are women. During World Youth Day, Benedict XVI announced that San Juan de Avila would also be appointed a Doctor of the Church.
(H/T Rome Reports)
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