|Full Name||Giovanni "Francesco" di Pietro di Bernardone of Assisi|
|Death Date||October 3, 1226|
|Cause of Death||trachoma|
|Father||Pietro di Bernardone|
|Mother||Pica de Bourlemont|
In 1219, while accompanying a crusading army into Egypt, Francis had an audience with Al-Kamil, the Sultan of Egypt and a nephew of Saladin. He attempted to convert the sultan and his court with a sermon. While this was unsuccessful, Francis was well recieved and allowed to leave unharmed.
Francis met Anthony of Padua in 1223. He had been fearing the members of the order he founded had began to turn away from poverty and stray into worldliness, was reassured by Anthony's devout example, and the two men became friends and deep admirers of each other's teachings. Anthony looked up to Francis, who had been his hero long before he met him. In 1224, Francis made Anthony in charge of training new friars to the order.
Francis was pronounced a saint in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX, a former friend of his, 2 years after his death.