On July 16th 1228, less than two years after his death, St Francis was canonised by Pope Gregory IX (r. 1227-41).
The feast day of St Francis, who founded the Order of Friars Minor (better known as the Franciscans), is celebrated on October 4th.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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