Learn about the life and times of St Francis of Assisi with iMindsJNR audio learning series for younger minds.
The story of Saint Francis of Assisi is particularly famous among Catholics. The story of his simple, peaceful life has transcended religious borders to become an inspiration to many. Francis was born in the early 1180s into a wealthy merchant family in the Italian town of Assisi. Growing up, he lived a privileged life of wealth and comfort. But as a young adult in 1201, he fought as a knight for Assisi in a war against its neighboring town of Perugia. He was captured and imprisoned for a year. During this time, Francis turned to spirituality.
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Sometimes referred to as the "second Christ", Francis of Assisi remains among Catholicism's most beloved saints, his Franciscan order of monks continuing to endure over 800 years after its founding. This iMinds audiobiography of Francis examines his well-to-do upbringing in mercantile Italy, his life-changing experience as a prisoner of war, and the transformation that led him to a life of poverty and simplicity. Hosting the proceedings, Australian actress Leah Vandenberg examines Francis' experience with stigmata, his religious communion with birds and animals, and the Franciscan Order's resonance during his lifetime and beyond. Sprightly and consonant, Vandenberg imparts a wealth of information in this brief survey, sure to appeal to children and adults alike.
"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)
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