St. Francis of Assisi
The Stigmata

By 1224 St. Francis of Assisi had been aware for some time of his increasing physical weakness (investigators today believe that he suffered from some kind of cancer); he was also prone to severe bouts of depression. He reacted by retiring into mystical prayer. That summer he went to La Verna, Italy where he had an ecstatic vision of Christ on the cross and received the Stigmata, the five wounds of the Crucified Christ. In 2013 the newly elected pope called himself Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

 







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