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History of Vegetarianism - Europe: The Middle Ages to the 18th Century
St.Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Original name Giovanni di Bernadone, Italian monk; founder of the Franciscan order of friars. He is remembered for his humility and love for all creation and according to legend he received the stigmata (1224). Feast day Oct.4.


If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men.

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it.

- Quoted in the Life by St.Bonaventura