Saint Francis is one of the most loved saints in the world. He lived a simple life, dedicated to Jesus. He loved animals and nature, and believed we have a responsibility to look after them.
Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, sometime between December 1181 and September 1182.
His father was a wealthy cloth merchant named Pietro Bernardone. His mother was a French noblewoman named Lady Pica Bourlemont.
Pietro was away on business when Francis was born and baptized. He was angry that his son was named Giovanni. He changed the boy's name to Francis.
Francis was a happy, charming and spoiled boy. Everyone loved him and he did whatever he wanted.
Read about the life of this man who loved nature and animals in this 15-minute biography.
Ages 8 and up.
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