Catherine was a brilliant young princess born around 287 in Egypt. During that time, Emperor Maxentius was brutally persecuting Christians. At the age of 18, Catherine visited him to denounce his cruelty. Hundreds, including the emperor's own wife, were converted by her eloquence and faith. The furious Maxentius ordered Catherine to be executed by a spiked wheel. But when Catherine touched the wheel, it shattered! Maxentius then had her beheaded.