I found myself in Catania recently, which is a small city on the east coast of Sicily. I ended up one night at the duomo of Catania, the lavishly beautiful Baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha and designed by Gian Battista Vaccarini. So I wish to share a picture that I took. You will find lovelier ones elsewhere, I am sure, and certainly ones showing better detail by daylight, but I am personally attached to my own experiences.
The figure at the top is, of course, St. Agatha. Agatha was from Sicily, specifically from Catania. Naturally, she is the patron saint of Catania. In the hagiographic literature surrounding her life and acts, Agatha was martyred for speaking out against Roman pagan icons and statues. As Christianity struggled to gain a foothold in the 3rd century, and as followers and Fathers tried to define a doctrine that by then had too many tentacles to control, it had to define itself in relation to the pagan world that dominated it. Some Christians believed that pagan statues were symbols of evil, representing a polytheistic world that denied the supremacy of the one true God. But symbols are representations. Agatha was one who believed that the statues were themselves demons. She would not worship the pagan Gods or accept her Roman husband, having dedicated herself to the virtue of virginity. Among the tortures visited upon her was the cutting off of her breasts.