St Francis of Assisi was bornon 26 November 1182 in Assisi, Duchy of Spoleto, Holy Roman Empire, Italian, is Founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans). St Francis of Assisi was one of the most venerated religious figures in the history of Christianity. He was the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more popularly known as the Franciscans. Born sometime in early 1180s to a prosperous silk merchant in Assisi, he led a very high spirited life in his early youth; but on receiving a call, he gave up everything to lead a life in poverty. He lived only for 44 years; but within such short period, he gathered around him thousands of men and women, who gave up everything to follow the path of Christ. For men, he founded the Order of Friars Minor; for women, the Order of Saint Clare; and for the householders, the Third Order of Saint Francis. Around two years before his death, he received the stigmata in a religious ecstasy, becoming the first recorded person to do so. Shortly after his death, he was canonized by the Pope and was also designated Patron Saint of Italy.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II recognized Francis of Assisi as the patron saint of ecology
Some biographers have put his date of birth to September 26, 1182
Francis of Assisi was born sometime between December 1181 and September 1182 in Assisi, an independent Ghibelline commune in the center of Umbria region of Italy