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Election year: Lessons from the past, dreams for the future


Last updated 2/6/2020 at 8:26am

It was the moonless night that became a radiant source of light for a new generation. The Fifth Crusade brought the epic clash of civilizations to a climactic intensity. Giant Christian and Muslim armies had been facing each other in the Egyptian desert for over two months of sporadic but bloody fighting.

Sept.1, 1219, outside of Damietta, Francis of Assisi with just one companion and with unimaginable courage, crossed the dark No Man’s Land at the center of the front line. The two men were immediately captured as they entered the Muslim camp and brought to the commander in chief. Franc...

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