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St Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of animals. 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 to 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.
This St. Francis of Assisi pet medal is unique in that is contains a capsule of soil collected from the grounds of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.
St Francis is entombed in a crypt built below the Basilica.
I think this is a wonderful dog medal. It is extra special because it is St Francis of Assisi the patron St of Animals and I love that it has the capsule of Assisi soil on the back. It is very well made and beautiful on both sides. The clasp is very strong and it stays on the dog collar nicely. I think this would make a thoughtful gift for any dog lover and a nice sentiment for your own dogs.