Born Edith Stein (1891-1942), she was proclaimed co-patroness of Europe by John Paul II. Her life contains much of the dramatic history of the 20th century. A century from which she - daughter of Israel - emerged, incarnating in herself the mystery of Christ crucified and risen.
It is so called to indicate its pre-eminence over all the other churches in the world named after the Blessed Virgin. Its name is linked to the centuries-old cult of Our Lady of the Snow.