7 Legendary Stigmatics


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St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
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A former prisoner of war who took a vow of poverty after a vision from God, Francis had his own order authorized by the Pope in 1210. For years he worked with the poor and sick, including multiple leper colonies. In 1224 while visiting Italy's Mount La Verna he experienced another vision, where a fiery, angelic Christ with five wings inflicted the wounds of the crucifixion on Francis. He never wrote about his stigmata, but two years after his death in 1226, Francis was pronounced a Saint.