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St Francis

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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Faith & Policy Watch

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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.

Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of The Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit may we be united in prayer and worship and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world in Jesus’ name.