He’s also one of the most popular of all Catholic Saints. This St Francis pet medal is unique in that on its back side it holds a capsule of soil collected from the grounds of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy. St. Francis is buried in a crypt built under the Basilica. It is hoped that this sacred soil will invoke the heavenly protection of St. Francis upon the dog bearing the medal.A clear epoxy coating is applied to the back side of the medal to protect the capsule.
The medal has a relief image of a kneeling St. Francis giving his blessing to a dog. A Franciscan-brown colored coating of enamel is applied as a background to the relief image and the wording in the outer band. The medal had a one-inch in diameter and is made of silver alloy. It is made in Italy.
When I gave this to my friend, who is a Dog Mom and has adopted dogs over the years that need love and attention. Her whole life is about her dogs. She doesn’t have human children, but her dogs are her kids. They act like kids too! Out of everyone I knew, she was the one who deserved and appreciated this medal for sure. I felt good giving to her and see her smile like that just warmed my heart. Now she has to decide which dog gets it, or she is going to use as a keychain as a reminder she is a saint too!
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Francis’ deep love of God overflowed into love for all God’s creatures—expressed in his prayers for creation; his sermons preached to animals, and his insistence that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God. In 1224, Francis became the first saint in history to receive the stigmata (the wounds of Christ crucified). On October 4, 1226, Francis died in the town of Assisi and was quickly canonized by Pope Gregory IX. Today, over 3 million people a year make a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Francis, revealing him to be one of the most popular and beloved saints of all time. (info from http://www.humanesociety.org/)