Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon, preacher and poet. He founded a religious order that was named after him. Francis is one of the more venerated religious figures in the Catholic Church, all over the world. The 4th April is his feast day. Was appointed to Patron of Italy by Pope Pio XII on June 18, 1939. His grave has become a destination for thousands of pilgrims, which every year start their pilgrimage.