Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (1771-1824) was born to a poor German family of peasants on September 8, 1774. She entered an Augustinian convent in 1802, and became a nun of great sanctity. When the convent was closed in 1812, due to the Napoleonic Wars, she moved to a private home, where she resided until her death on February 2, 1824. She was beatified in 2004.
From childhood she experienced many extraordinary mystical graces. She endured a life of sufferings. Before becoming a nun she endured the pains of the crown of thorns and in 1808 those of the wounds of Christ. In 1812 the stigmata became visible.
Venerable Emmerich was a seer who witnessed scenes from the life of Christ with the vividness of one who was there. Those revelations were one of the sources used in making the film The Passion of the Christ. She also foretold occurrences in the Church of Darkness that would deceive many of the faithful.
“I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle and very firm… I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky,” wrote the nun.