The astonishing life of a man who changed the world. Sometimes dismissed in legend as the mad monk who spoke to the birds, Francis’ appeal is as strong as ever. The most tender and non violent of men, to many Francis is perhaps the only genuine successor to Jesus Christ that Christianity has so far produced. The Order he founded is a great world institution, blessed by the Vatican, with followers working among alcoholics and drug addicts, teaching in schools and universities and providing for the poor and the homeless. It is an amazing story, how a 12th Century friar from a relatively unknown part of Europe, who during his lifetime liked to be known as Il Poverello – the little poor man – has reached international and historic prominence 800 years later.