“the most perfect image of Christ that ever was”

This magnificent description of Francis of Assisi by Benedict XV explains the tremendous appeal that this most beloved of all saints has exerted on all mankind of every age and belief. His burning love of God and fellow man which led him to renounce a life of ease and luxury for one of perfect simplicity and superb holiness provides a message of hope and inspiration that is more timely and appropriate today than ever before.

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