Saint Francis of Assisi – The Patron Saint of Animals

  • László Erdős


One of the most venerated figures in the history of Christianity, Saint Francis of Assisi is the best known medieval herald of animal advocacy. He emphasised that all creatures are related, as all had been created by the same God. This is why he called all beings his brothers and sisters. The most famous example of the special bond Francis had with animals is his sermon to the birds, but numerous other legends testify to his love of animals. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. World Animal Day is celebrated on his feast day, October the 4th. His example shows that to love and serve both God and humanity does not preclude loving and serving animals.


Christian saints and animals World Animal Day Sermon to the birds Simplicity 

Worth Reading

  1. Linzey, A. (1995). Animal theology. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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