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Franciscan monks try Internet crowdfunding to restore St Francis of Assisi’s home in Rome

Crowdfunding and medieval history are coming together in Rome as a group of Franciscan monks take to the Internet to drum up funds to restore a dusty cell said to have been used by St Francis of Assisi himself. Located in the trendy Trastevere district……

Pope Francis calls on the Church to divest itself of ‘worldliness’

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint’s Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture…

Pope Francis: ‘I would like to see a church that is poor and is for the poor’

Cracking jokes and ad-libbing, the new pontiff addresses the world’s media and explains why he chose to name himself after St Francis of Assisi. Lizzie Davies reports from Vatican City As he walked on to the stage of the Vatican’s vast Paul VI audience hall on Saturday, Pope Francis was…

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