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Saint Francis - Patron Saint of Animals & Birds


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Born in 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and birds. St. Francis was the son of a rich cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy. He led a wealthy and privileged life, wearing clothes made of the best materials and was well educated. With a future guaranteed in his father's business some of his youth was mis-spent. His experiences as a soldier, during which time he was a prisoner of war, led him to a more sombre and religious life. He undertook a pilgrimage to Rome and returned to Assisi following spiritual visions and mystical experiences. He decided to devote his life to the Christian faith and renounced all of his wealth preferring to lead a life of poverty. His evangelical preaching inspired others to follow him and in 1209 Francis and his first followers founded the Franciscan Order of Preaching Friars. He was said to have preached to birds and animals which explains his association with nature and all of God's creatures. Francis of Assisi is also famous for the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.

This elegant piece, crafted in cold cast bronze, is a beautiful portrayal honoring Saint Anthony.

Product Details
Height: 11"
Cold Cast Bronze
Item: PT894900240

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