Fifth Crusade Launched by the Fourth Lateran Council and Pope Innocent III

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The Fourth Lateran Council accepts the papal bull Ad Liberandum from Pope Innocent III in order to organize the Fifth Crusade. In it, the pope establishes the intended departure date in 18 months, how the clergy should prepare themselves and the people, and what privileges people would receive for participating in a Crusade.

On the whole, the purpose of Ad Liberandum is logistical: to identify possible impediments and remove them and generally make it easier for people to directly participate in the Crusade or at least help by funding it.

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