Author: Daniele Solvi
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Everyone knows the story of the meeting of Francis with the leper; but not everyone knows that in the background of that scene there are many others like it, well aware of the man of the thirteenth century, all originating from the Gospel text.
The protagonists are very different characters: the Emperor Constantine to monk Iosafat, Western figure of the Buddha; Former soldier Martin, bishop of Tours, the Princess Elizabeth of Hungary, founder of a hospital; and even the legendary "saint Thieves '(or' san Leper") and Aleydis of Schaerbeek, a nun from the leprous dazzling mystical experiences.
Their stories tell of the different ways in which leprosy, an extreme form of the disease and therefore exemplary paradigm of human frailty, has been put in relation with the holiness, offering a cross-section of more than a thousand years of Christian spirituality.