Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Saint and the Sultan


"There is no doubt that St. Francis had two interrelated objectives when he crossed enemy lines near the Nile in the summer of 1219 to confront a fearsome Sultan," notes Stephan Hand: "to convert the Sultan to Christ for the Sultan's own soul's sake, and also to end the fifth Crusade which, according to author Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), he opposed" — The 13th Century Inter-religious Dialog for Peace. St. Francis and the Sultan.

"It soon became clear the Sultan was not about to convert, but Francis was not deterred from the other objective and sought the peace for the sake of both Muslims and Christians."

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