Pope Benedict on Il Poverello

Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Saint Francis of Assisi
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In a recent Catechesis, I illustrated the providential role the Orders of Friars Minor and the Order of Preachers, founded by St Francis of Assisi and St Dominic de Guzmán respectively, played in the renewal of the Church in their day. Today I would like to present to you the figure of Francis, an authentic “giant” of holiness, who continues to fascinate a great many people of all age groups and every religion.
“A sun was born into the world”. With these words, in the

Praise the Lord

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