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The Franciscans represent the order of Friars Minor (Lesser Brothers, Ordo fratrum minorum: OMin, OFM) founded by Francis of Assisi. Because of their clothing, in northern Europe during the Middle Ages they were also called “Grey Brothers,” in Germany the “Barefoots,” and in France “Cordeliers.” Until the division of the order in 1517, the general name was “Minorites.” Although they take their inspiration from the evangelical lifestyle of St. Francis (poverty, manual labor, itinerant preaching), not all adhere to it…

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Lehmann, Leonhard, “Franciscans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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