Blessed Francesco Paoli

Blessed Francesco PaoliAlso known as

  • Angelo Paoli
  • Father of the Poor (nickname given him by parishioners in Rome)



The son of Angelo Paoli and Santa Morelli. As a young man he spent his spare time teaching catechism to poor children in Argigliano, Casola in Lunigiana, Italy. Calced Carmelite novice in Siena, Italy at age 18. Professed priest in the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance. Assigned to the Carmelites in Pisa, Italy, then Cupoli, Italy, then in Poggio Catino, Italy, and then Fivizzano, Italy. Noted for his charity to the poor and his personal devotion to the Passion. Erected wooden crosses on the hills around Fivizzano and then in the Coliseum in Rome, Italy in hopes of causing people to think about the Crucifixion. Assigned to the Convent of Saint Martin in Rome in 1687 where he served as novice master and ministered to the sick poor in the hospitals of Rome. Miracle worker.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Francesco Paoli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 January 2019. Web. 23 September 2021. <>