Religion: Core of Potency

Seven hundred years ago died in Assisi a man called Francis. Little things suffice to remind men of great, and the coincidence that makes the number 1226 resemble the number 1926 was enough to set Benito Mussolini, that wise man, pondering upon the life and works of St. Francis of Assisi. Economy, piety, charity, simplicity, loyalty—these, and other bulking labels which people have tagged onto the man Francis, and which tradition stipulates for the order of Friars which he founded, appealed to Benito Mussolini as virtues that would well become the nation...

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