- May 28, 2020
If you’re at all interested in Catholicism, just moving around Italy is like a graduate education in Church history.
Pope Francis continues to draw attention to the meeting of St. Francis and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219 near Damietta, a port on the Nile River near where it flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin said he was shocked after thieves broke into a church in the Irish capital, vandalizing the crypt and taking the head of an 800-year-old mummy known as “the Crusader.”
A month after announcing it would continue to use the Crusader moniker, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, now says it will no longer use the image of a knight to represent the school.
Despite objections some students and staff have to the name, saying it is insensitive, the College of the Holy Cross will continue to be known as the Crusaders.
A new documentary, “The Sultan and the Saint,” is the story of St. Francis leaving Assisi to cross enemy lines and meet with the sultan in Damietta, Egypt, during the Fifth Crusade. The two discussed interfaith conflict, war and the search for peace.