Is a monk the same as a friar?

"We often call any man wearing a religious habit a “monk.”

But we’ve also heard the term “friar.”

Is a monk the same as a friar? Can we call a Franciscan a “monk,” or a Cistercian a “friar”? Was St. Francis of Assisi a monk, for example?

The answer to all of the above is: no!"

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