We did a project on St. Francis of Assisi.
We did this because this the name
that the new Pope Francis chose,
when he became Pope.
This is what we learned:
St. Francis was born over 800 years ago.
We learned that when he was young Francis was happy.
This was because he had a Mum who loved him.
He had a comfortable home.
He was handsome and had many friends.
His father was rich.
He bought and sold cloth.
The family lived in Assisi.
Assisi is a small town on a hill, in Italy.
So as a young man Francis spent
most of his time with his friends
and horse riding.
At that time, there was fighting in Italy.
Francis was an adventurous knight.
In 1201 he was part of an army that attack
a nearby town, Peruga.
However, his side lost.
Francis was taken prisoner.
He spent a year in prison.
During that time, he was ill.
He thought about his life.
One day, after he had left prison,
he was walking near a church called San Damiano.
The church was ruined and broken down.
He seemed to hear Jesus speak to him.
He heard him say:
‘Francis, rebuild my broken church’.
St. Francis was known for his love of animals.
He had a pet wolf.
He cared for the poor.
He left his fine clothes and his riches.
He lived simply.
Other young men joined him in this life.
He started an order of monks.
They are called the Franciscans.
They lived very simply.
He had a friend called Clare.
She wanted to live simply too.
She was joined by other women.
They became the Poor Clares.