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Author Appelbaum, Patricia Faith, author

Title St. Francis of America : how a thirteenth-century friar became America's most popular saint / Patricia Appelbaum
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Summary How did a thirteenth-century Italian friar become one of the best-loved saints in America? Around the nation today, St. Francis of Assisi is embraced as the patron saint of animals, beneficently presiding over hundreds of Blessing of the Animals services on October 4, St. Francis's Catholic feast day. Not only Catholics, however, but Protestants and other Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and nonreligious Americans commonly name him as one of their favorite spiritual figures. Drawing on a dazzling array of art, music, drama, film, hymns, and prayers, Patricia Appelbaum explains what happened to make St. Francis so familiar and meaningful to so many Americans
Notes Previously issued in print: 2015
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 19, 2016)
Subject Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226
Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226.
Popular culture -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Popular culture -- United States
Popular culture -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Popular culture.
United States -- Religious life and customs
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469624990 (ebook)
9781469624990 (ebook)