San Francesco, the patron Saint of Italy

San Francesco, the patron Saint of Italy
San Francis was known for speaking to birds

October 4th is a big day for Assisi and Italy. Pope Pius XII named, in 1939, Francis a joint Patron Saint of Italy along with Saint Catherine of Sienan. 

Nevertheless, in 2005, the Italian Parliament wanted to do more: they picked this day not only to honour Saint Francis, but also as the a moment to celebrate peace, brotherhood, and dialogue among all peoples and all religions. Francis was also known for being able to preach to birds. He made it his habit to invoke all birds and animals to praise and love God. Many times, during Francis' life, there were events of him speaking to the animals.                                                                   

Each year, on this day, one of the twenty regions of Italy brings the oil which will burn all year in front of his Tomb. This year, Lazio region is offering the oil.                                                                                                                                                                  

Finally, in 2013, upon his election as Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name in his honor becoming Pope Francis. 

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