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1. Francis and Beginnings

Francis of Assisi was born in 1181/82, died on October 3, 1226, and was canonized on July 15, 1228; his feast day is October 4. Baptized Giovanni, he was the son of a cloth merchant, Pietro Bernardone, who knew France well through business journeys and thus called his son Francesco. He was expected to carry on his father’s trade but preferred…

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Selge, Kurt-Victor, “Franciscans”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F190>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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