Saint Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) is arguably the most famous animal lover of the medieval period in Europe. The Franciscan friar was said to preach to birds and animals and release captured animals from traps. There are many legends about the saint, the most famous being that he once convinced a wolf to stop terrorizing a town and eating the livestock. Saint Francis was said to have “the gift of sympathy” for animals and in modern Catholicism is the patron saint of animals and ecology.
Pope Francis will conclude a four-day visit to Ecuador Wednesday when he boards his plane about 12:00 p.m. local time to head for La Paz, Bolivia, where he will be received by President Evo Morales and other officials, who will grant him his request for fresh coca leaves that he plans to chew to deal with the effects of city's altitude http://tlsur.net/1KNj9yv