From Europa Cristiana of 23 June 2018

by Cristina Siccardi

We report the release of an illustrated book (112 pages, € 7), whose title is "Suor Angela Caterina Borgia. Mistica agostiniana nella Roma del ‘700" (Sister Angela Caterina Borgia an Augustinian mystic in the Rome of the 18th century). The text is written by Daniele Bolognini and it's been published by the publishing house "Velar", which stands out, in the field of hagiographic research, for portraits of little-known and hidden figures. Therefore, they accomplish a valuable work to bring out very interesting profiles, that otherwise would have remained ignored. This is the first biography published about this Servant of God, who was born in Velletri (Rome) on June 14th, 1694 and died on January 31st, 1743. His ancestry with the Spanish Borgias is shrouded in mystery.

The spiritual journey of Angela Caterina Borgia in the Roman monastery of "Santa Lucia in Selci"


An article written by Rigel Langella on the occasion of the presentation of the Biography of the Servant of God (my own translation)

(transcription by Pierangela Romanelli; my own translation) 

An inquiry about the life and virtues of this Servant of God was prepared. Many reports were reported and they revealed her heroic practice of virtues, as well as some aspects of her life that appeared amazing and beyond the possibilities of nature. I received the first writings related to these events from my brother while I was in Rome.

I was impressed by these extraordinary testimonies, which I received at the same time as my sister's case. I considered these events as gifts of God's infinite mercy towards us.

Thus, I wrote a letter to all the superiors of the monasteries of the diocese, in which I stressed all these testimonies about her Christian perfection were a clear example, suitable to stimulate all the nuns, to fidelity in their commitments. I asked at the same time all the nuns to pray to God that my faults, and those of my priests, were not an obstacle to the glory of God. That glory had revealed itself in a splendid way in the life of my sister Angela Caterina.


From The Chronicles of the Holy Church of Fermo at the time of the Archbishop Alessandro Borgia of Velletri and prince of Fermo, who began writing them in 1741.

(translation into modern Italian by Emilio Tassi; my own translation into English)

1743.18 Cardinal Guadagni, the pope's vicar for the city of Rome, asks that the extrajudicial inquiry into the sanctity of Angela Caterina Borgia may be prepared. He askes aswell that the canonical process may be prepared.

At the same time, Cardinal Guadagni, vicar of the pope, had asked Fra Tommaso Maria Rossi, a friar of the Order of Preachers, parish priest of the Church of Saints Ciriaco and Giulietta in Rome, to interview all the nuns of the monastery of Saint Lucia in Silice, in extrajudicial form, about the sanctity of life and on the heroic virtues of my sister Angela Caterina Borgia, of whom I spoke above.

The friar had to draft a report, that was approved later by qualified persons. The cardinal subsequently issued a decree that provided the beginning of the diocesan canonical process, according to the rules in force.

On December 9th the file was delivered to my brother Pietro Antonio Borgia, who was living in Rome. The file included the report and the opinion expressed by the theologian Carlo Antonio Tedeschini, Conventual friar of St. Francis and consultor of the Congregation of Rites, and by other consultors. After that, the ordinary canonical process was opened at the curia of the vicariate of Rome.

1744.2 Start of the cause of canonization of Angela Caterina Borgia

At the beginning of this year, the cause of canonization of my sister Angela Caterina Borgia (of whom I wrote in the previous year 1743) began. The cause was brought before Ludovico Antonio Cremona Valdina, bishop of Ermopoli, ashe was the responsible person with ordinary authority, as he was appointed by the cardinal vicar of Rome.

1750.11 Process for the cause of canonization of Angela Caterina Borgia.

After I solved some controversies with the Lateran clergymen, and after I organized my work, I dedicated myself to the cause of canonization of the servant of God, Angela Caterina Borgia, my sister. Her documents of the process were gathered in a volume of about a thousand pages, which had been transferred from the Curia of the cardinal vicar to the Congregation of the Sacred Rites.

I read them, carefully and entirely, during the summer in Rome. It seemed appropriate to me to gather other testimonies to continue the case and to ask the commission to accomplish the process, with Apostolic authority, as I was hoping for a happy outcome.

I consulted the experts and then I entrusted the commitment to follow the process to my brother Fr. Felice di Santa Caterina, a barefoot Carmelite, who was living in the convent of Santa Maria delle Scale, in Rome.

The process was stopped 1763, probably because of the events that after a few years shook the Papal State.

Giovanni Sorbi (Siena 1695-1764 ca.)

"Portrait of the Servant of God Sister Angela Caterina Borgia", 1743

Oil on canvas, 97x73 cm

Rome, Santa Lucia in Selci Monastery, Choir

"We can find the Spanish origin of the Borgias in an ancient family tree of them, but we can't state it for certain. Their coat of arms was changed many times".

O Lord

who inspired the Servant of God Angela Caterina Borgia

to undertake monastic life

in the footsteps of St. Augustine

and you gave her the grace to discover the great gift of the Cross,

grant us by his intercession

we can carry and accept our daily cross

offering it for the salvation of humanity.

For your prayers, grant us the help of your Mercy

in present and future life,

and the grace...

[Express which particular grace you would like to receive]



3 Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Click here to see the new prayer card in English

Angela Catherine Borgia was born in Velletri on 14 June 1694 in a large family that had vast properties in that territory. The father was an important collector of works of art and ancient objects.

Every day in the family the Liturgy of the Virgin was recited and in the evening the Rosary, Angela Catherine loved to prepare in the house of the altars around which, at times, the family gathered in prayer. Their parish was the Cathedral of St. Clement.

Her elder brother Camillo continued to live in the palace of Velletri, while the other brothers and sisters of hers dedicated their lives to the Lord.

Among them we can find Alessandro, who a man of vast culture and became an important prelate. In 1716 he was appointed bishop of Nocera Umbra and in 1724 archbishop of Fermo.

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