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Mercedarians


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A religious order of men founded by St Peter Nolasco to assist in ransoming Christians captured by the Moors; it was confirmed by Gregory IX in 1235. Its main work was collecting alms and raising money from its own properties for ransoming captives, but its members also travelled in Muslim lands to negotiate the release of Christians. Since the 19th cent. the Order has undertaken educational, charitable, and missionary work.


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