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Christian Asceticism from the Early Church Through the Reformation
The experts said a church-history magazine would never work. On our 10th anniversary, we look back with founder Ken Curtis.
Little Known Facts about the Crusades.
Why did Francis insist that his followers live in absolute poverty?
Stories that reveal Francis's intense, complex personality.
Not everyone who loved Francis followed his way.
In that day, it took extreme measures to live for peace: a photo-essay.
Little-known or remarkable facts about Francis of Assisi
In Francis's day, abandoning possessions was seen as a key to holiness
Gentle Clare of Assisi had to defy family and church to follow in Francis's way.
Did Francis really receive the wounds of Jesus?
How should his followers obey his instructions?
Eight hundred years later, Francis's life and message seem remarkably up to date.
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July 16, 1519: The Disputation of Leipzig, in which Martin Luther argued that church councils had been wrong and that the church did not have ultimate doctrinal authority, ends (see issue 34: Luther's Early Years).

July 16, 1769: Spanish Franciscan friar Father Junipero Serra founds the San Diego de Alcala mission in California, the first permanent Spanish settlement on the west coast of America (see issue 35: Christopher Columbus).

July 16, 1931: Missionary C.T. Studd, one of the famous "Cambridge ...

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