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Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 21, 2013 11:46 AM

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         Photo by Gino Salerno

     Mangia! Cantare! It's the Feast of Saint Agrippina di Mineo in the North End celebrated in this vintage homegrown sent to us by Gino Salerno. It's the time of the season when the chianti wells run dry and native North Enders take it to the streets to celebrate the Sicilian woman from the tip of the toe of the boot whom they consider a "significant" saint. This year her life was celebrated from August 2 - 4.

     Agrippina was a blonde princess in a noble Roman family, and allegedly was martyred. Her grave became a popular destination, and she was made a patron saint against leprosy, bacterial diseases and infections. There are only two churches in the world named for her, one in hometown Mineo, Sicily, the other one is right here in D.O.B.

     Upcoming this weekend will be the Feast of Saint Anthony.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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