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The Life of St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals

The Life of St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals

  Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi, is popular in name. He is most well-known within Roman Catholicism, but his fame and reverence extend far and wide. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment.   He was also a lover of peace and worked hard to achieve it. The veneration of this man who lived a very simple life is more relevant today than ever, and his story is worth retelling.   Early Life of Francis of Assisi The town of Assisi is associated with the birth of Francis of Assisi, via Audley Travel   In the Duchy of Spoleto to the east of Rome in late 1181, Francis was born to an Italian father, Pietro, and a French mother. His father was a successful and wealthy silk merchant, while little is known of his mother save for the fact that she was a noblewoman.   Francis was therefore born into the lap of luxury, and he wanted for nothing during his childhood. …

St. Francis of Assisi constructed Europe’s first Nativity scene in 1223 AD

St. Francis of Assisi constructed Europe’s first Nativity scene in 1223 AD

Young woman helping set up a ‘living’ Nativity scene in Santa Maria La Stella, Sicily Credit: Jeanne Boleyn, Wikipedia, Public Domain Though Nativity scenes are popular today as a way of displaying our faith during the Christmas season, the first one didn’t actually show up in Europe until the 13th century, Abigail Robertson writes in her article for CBN. Museum of the Bible curator Jeffery Kloha explained in his interview with Abigail, that St. Francis of Assisi set up Europe’s first Nativity scene at his church outside Greccio, Italy in 1223 AD. St. Francis had visited Bethlehem and was inspired by the Nativity scene set up at the site, thought to be the birthplace of Christ. The famous monk went all out, and Europe’s first nativity was actually what is described today as a ‘living’ scene. It had real actors, and live animals, as part of its replication of the manger scene. Because, it included hay, the locals traveling to the service often tied up their animals at the Nativity, adding to the realism. The …