Friday, January 23, 2009

St. Francis Prayer is a Modern Invention

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j8pVl_73kYREC_3w45ijdI5AMl7AD95SU5AO0

The Associated Press
23 January 2009

St. Francis prayer was modern creation

By ARIEL DAVID

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A simple prayer for peace attributed to St. Francis, widely quoted by leaders and cherished by many Christians, probably had nothing to do with the medieval friar.

The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reported this week that the prayer that begins with "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace," first appeared in France at the start of the 20th century and became popular during World War I. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/world/europe/23italy.html?_r=1&ref=world

New York Times
23 January 2009

Truth About a Prayer: A Saint's Name, but Not His Words

By RACHEL DONADIO