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St. Francis of America : how a thirteenth-century friar became America's most popular saint

Author: Patricia Faith Appelbaum
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Appelbaum traces popular  Read more...
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Appelbaum, Patricia Faith.
St. Francis of America.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2015
(DLC) 2014048331
Named Person: Francis, of Assisi Saint; Francis, of Assisi Saint
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Faith Appelbaum
ISBN: 9781469624990 1469624990 9781469623757 1469623757
OCLC Number: 915321240
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The nineteenth century : a Protestant Catholic and Catholic Protestants --
The early 1900s : everyone's saint --
Between the wars : peace, play, and protest --
Hymn, prayer, and garden --
Postwar prosperity : embrace and resistance --
The hippie saint : counterculture and ecology --
Blessing the animals --
Living voices --
Into the future --
Epilogue --
Appendix : survey : you and St. Francis.
Responsibility: Patricia Appelbaum.

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How did a thirteenth-century Italian friar became one of the best loved saints in America? Drawing on a dazzling array of art, music, drama, film, hymns, and prayers, Patricia Appelbaum explains what  Read more...

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