SAINT GODELEINE, WIERRE-EFFROY (PAS-DE-CALAIS)
A member of the nobility, St. Godeleine was repudiated by her husband because of daily conflicts. When she fled to Wierre-Effroy, her native village, to seek refuge, her husband found her and brought her back to have her executed by strangulation and drowning. But before leaving, the young woman planted her distaff in the ground, and a spring welled up. After several proven miracles, Godeleine was proclaimed a saint in 1084. Every year, a large procession takes place at the beginning of July at this small shrine, which recalls the story of this saintly woman, who is invoked to cure throat ailments and eye problems.
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