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Saint Francis of Assisi
"Without doubt Francis is the most beloved saint in all of Christian history. Known as Il Poverello (“the Poor One”), he founded the Franciscan Order and became author of the most famous early Italian poem, the “Canticle of the Sun.” Tradition calls him the “seraphic saint” and the patron of animals and nature. Pope Gregory IX (r. 1227-41) canonized him in 1229. His feast day is October 4." (quote from the Encyclopedia of World Religions: Encyclopedia of Catholicism)
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