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Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping 'Crusaders'

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 16, 2017 12:29 PM
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(Michael Rubinkam, AP)

(READING) -- A small Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania has announced a new nickname for its athletic teams after dropping the name Crusaders, which it says some found ``troublesome.''

Alvernia University in Reading announced Thursday that its teams will be called the Golden Wolves effective immediately.

On its website, the school says the name change was not motivated by a desire to be politically correct, but to create a stronger tie to its patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

They say he turned away from the Crusades, a series of medieval religious wars, and traveled to Egypt in an unsuccessful effort to convert the sultan and end the fighting.

The new name references the story of St. Francis taming a wolf that had terrorized a city.

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