A SAINT FOR ALL SEASONS "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." St Francis of Assisi depicted by Pauline Baynes
Saint Francis of Assisi.-He was canonized (made a saint) in 1228 by Pope Gregorio IX. Saint Francis is the patron saint of Italy and of animals and nature. His special day of remembrance is every year on 4 October.
While going off to war in Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly In Francis left for Apulia to enlist in the army of Walter III, Count of Brienne.