Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (c. 1181 – 3 October 1226), known as Francis of Assisi , was an Italian mystic, poet and Catholic friar who founded the religious order of the Franciscans. He was inspired to lead a Christian life of poverty as a beggar and itinerant preacher. One of the most venerated figures in Christianity, Francis was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228. He is commonly portrayed wearing a brown habit with a rope tied around his waist, featuring three knots that symbolize the three Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Francis of Assisi is sometimes cited as:
- Saint Francis of Assisi