Giotto, S. Francesco riceve le stigmate, Assisi. Basilica Superiore
Home to one of the most “famous” saints of Christianity, Assisi is well known due to the life and memory of Saint Francis, a monk of the XIIIth century who founded the monastic order of the Franciscans. Along with abandoning his personal life pursuits and refusing his family inheritance, Francis discovered faith and retired in the green hills sourrounding Perugia and Assisi to contemplate God through Nature and the animals. One story shares that Francesco was called by his father in front of a tribunal, where he took off his clothes and professed his devout commitment to the Church. The local Bishop at that point covered Francis, and by doing so, declared him a new member of the Christian community. From that moment, Francis represented an example of solidarity, compassion and piety towards his faith and humanity. At the end of his life he requested to be buried in the small chapel of Assisi, the location where he took his last breath. At the beginning of the XXth century Pio XII declared him and Saint Caterina da Siena official saints of Italy. Today, we have the gift of the small church of Francesco and the beautiful Cathedral that has been built in his honor to admire, contemplate upon and fully understand the spirit and appreciation of Italy and the Vatican toward this amazing life and character.