This is a must-watch movie about how Francis was called to rebuild the church through poverty and simplicity some 800 years ago. Haunting songs and breathtaking scenes from the countryside too.
The unsung Francis is one of the greatest figures in Christian history. His message that all of creation should live in harmony with one another and his ecological awareness makes his perhaps the most relevant saint for our times. There’s a message in there for our world today which is facing all kinds of environmental degradation as a result of corporate and human greed.
So too for the church, which is not spared the temptation of turning to materialism, triumphalism and illusions of grandeur.
Francis is also known for his attempt at inter-religious dialogue with a Muslim ruler.
Little wonder that the present pope was inspired to adopt the name ‘Francis’ – making him the first Bishop of Rome to choose that name.