Although Francis is remembered today for his life of poverty and as a champion of the poor and needy he was once a young man who lived a playboy existence at the expense of his wealthy parents. Before Italy became a unified nation in the mid-19th century ... read more
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In later life St Francis was blessed with the stigmata, the manifestation of the five wounds of Jesus on a person without any physical harm. Born in Assisi, Italy, Francis lived from 1181 until 1226 and was canonised in 1228.