The New Student's Reference Work/Assisi, St. Francis of

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40199The New Student's Reference Work — Assisi, St. Francis of

Assisi (a-sē' sē), St. Francis of, a devout Italian monk, born at Assisi in the province of Perugia, in 1182, and the founder of the Franciscan order. To his tomb, in the Church of San Francesco, Assisi, many thousands from, all parts of Europe make annual pilgrimages. The church is enriched by the possession of many remarkable frescoes and paintings by Cimabue and Giotto, which depict stories from the Old and New Testaments and incidents in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.