Francis of Assisi, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Francis of Assisi

Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-0001

Place of Birth: Assisi, Umbria, Italy

Date of Death: 03-Oct-1226

Profession: writer, poet, brother, Christians Jehovah’s Witnesses, deacon

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Francis of Assisi

  • Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, Latin: Sanctus Franciscus Assisiensis), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher.
  • He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.
  • Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on 16 July 1228.
  • Along with Saint Catherine of Siena, he was designated Patron saint of Italy.
  • He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October.
  • In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades.
  • By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient.
  • He returned to Italy to organize the Order.
  • Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs.
  • Francis is also known for his love of the Eucharist.
  • In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas live nativity scene.
  • According to Christian tradition, in 1224 he received the stigmata during the apparition of Seraphic angels in a religious ecstasy, which would make him the second person in Christian tradition after St.
  • Paul (Galatians 6:17) to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion.
  • He died during the evening hours of 3 October 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142 (141).

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