St. Francis is one of the most famous saints in Church history.
He’s so significant that the current pope—Pope Francis—chose to take his name.
October 4th is his memorial day.
But who was he, and what did he do?
Here are 12 things to know and share . . .
1) When did St. Francis live?
He was born in 1181 or 1182 (we’re not sure), and he died in 1226. He thus lived to be only 44 or 45 years old.
He was born—and he died—in Assisi, Italy, which is somewhat near Rome.
You can read about Assisi here.
2) How did he get the name “Francis”?
Although many people take new names upon entering religious life, this is not how St. Francis originally got his name.
He was born Giovanni...READ MORE