Where’s Francis?! Three-Ton Underwater Statue Goes Missing

Underwater statue of Francis

St. Francis of Paola was a humble man of God, a hermit who spent six years in a remote sea cave near Paola, on Italy’s southern seacoast.  He founded the Hermits of St. Francis of Assisi, a contemplative order approved by the Holy See in 1474.  In the year 1492, the year Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, Francis renamed his community the “Minims”—“the least”—because he wanted humility to be the hallmark of his friars.  He is the patron saint of sailors; and in 1963, Pope John XXIII n … [Read more...]