Kinga of Poland
|Saint Kinga of Poland|
|Born||March 5, 1224
Esztergom, Kingdom of Hungary
|Died||July 24, 1292|
|Honored in||Catholic Church|
|Beatified||June 11, 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII|
|Canonized||June 16, 1999 by Pope John Paul II|
|Attributes||depicted as an abbess; crown|
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Saint Kinga of Poland (also known as Cunegunda, Kunigunda, Kunegunda, Cunegundes, Kioga, Zinga; Polish: Święta Kinga, Hungarian: Szent Kinga) (March 5, 1224 – July 24, 1292) is a saint in the Catholic Church and patroness of Poland and Lithuania.
She was born in Esztergom, Kingdom of Hungary, the daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina. She was a niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and great-niece of Saint Hedwig. Kinga's sisters were Saint Margaret of Hungary and Jolenta of Poland (Yolanda, Helen).
She reluctantly married Bolesław V the Chaste. Kinga later became princess when her husband ascended the throne as Prince of Cracov. Despite the marriage, the devout couple took up a vow of chastity. The marriage was largely arranged by and the vow of chastity patterned after that of Boleslaw's sister Salome of Cracow.
During her reign Kinga got involved in charitable works such as visiting the poor and helping the lepers. When her husband died in 1279, she sold all her material possessions and gave the money to the poor. She soon did not want any part in governing the kingdom which was left to her and decided to join the Poor Clares monastery at Sandec (Stary Sącz). She would spend the rest of her life in contemplative prayer and did not allow anyone to refer to her past role as Grand Duchess of Poland. She died on July 24, 1292.
Monument to St. Kinga at the monastery of Stary Sącz
Statue of Saint Kinga near Trzy Korony
Statue of St. Kinga (1820) in Nowy Korczyn
St Kinga Icon near Rochester, New York
|Ancestors of Kinga of Poland|
Kinga of PolandBorn: 5 March 1224 Died: 24 July 1292
Agafia of Rus
|High Duchess consort of Poland
Agrippina of Kiev