The Sinai

St. Catherine’s

12 Remarkable things about Saint Catherine

Who was this woman whose name was given to the Sinai’s highest mountain, the world’s oldest working monastery, and the town chosen to be a centre for the three Abrahamic faiths?

Saint Katrina as the Sinai Bedouin call her, is remembered for her remarkable faith, persuasive powers, and courage. So how did this teenager become the patron saint for unmarried women, scholars, students, philosophers, and librarians?

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The Bedouin

The Bedouin are traditionally Arab nomads desert dwellers. They live throughout the Middle East and Arabia. The Bedouin of South Sinai say they originally came from the Arabian Peninsula. They are now usually settled in towns and villages, yet still value their freedom and independence above all else. Their way of life and culture are remarkably similar to the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the Bible.

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