St. Francis of Assisi was born in the 12th century. As a young man, he felt called by the gospel to give up his possessions, and rebuild a ruined church in the countryside. He founded the Franciscan Order on the principles of poverty and service to the poor. Desiring to live “like the birds of the fields,” he dressed in simple rags, and called the Church to return to simplicity, humility, and love.
On Facebook recently, Adventists in my news feed have been sharing news articles describing the Vatican's call for a "World Central Bank." Many have reposted it as a clear "sign" of the end time and warning to others: Rome is calling for a global, financial authority, precisely in an effort to control buying and selling. On one page, I read: "the signs couldn't be clearer!," "this thing is wrapping up soon!," etc.
Of course, the reality is far less "sexy." Here is the relevant paragraph: