Pope Callixtus III Hails Skanderbeg’s Heroic Resistance to Islam

February 16, 2023


“Christians will see that in the midst of the greatest furor and onslaught of the most powerful enemy, Your Lordship did not waver but with presence of mind you kept your fortitude and manly strength. All know what you performed and with the greatest praise extol you to heaven and speak of you as the true knight and defender of Christianity. . . .


We thank God that, had the perfidious enemy managed to overrun your country [Albania], had you not withstood as a strong bulwark against him, he would have found his way into the Christian world. . . . If the other Christian princes had your courage, we would not be worried and tormented over the safety of our faith.”

Raymond Ibrahim, The Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam (New York: Post Hill Press, 2022), 259.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 866


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