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The Order of Preachers (Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum, hence the abbreviation OP used by members), more commonly known after the 15th century as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by the Spanish priest Saint Dominic de Guzman in France, and approved by Pope Honorius III (1216–27) on 22 December 1216. Membership in the Order includes friars, nuns, active sisters, and lay or secular Dominicans (formerly known as tertiaries) affiliated with the Order.

The Order of Preachers (Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum, hence the abbreviation OP used by members), more commonly known after the 15th century as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by the Spanish priest Saint Dominic de Guzman in France, and approved by Pope Honorius III (1216–27) on 22 December 1216. Membership in the Order includes friars, nuns, active sisters, and lay or secular Dominicans (formerly known as tertiaries) affiliated with the Order.

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Dominican Order - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  Dominican martyrs killed by Mongols during the second Mongol invasion of Poland in 1260.

Dominican Order - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dominican martyrs killed by Mongols during the second Mongol invasion of Poland in 1260.

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Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the needs of his time, one that would bring the dedication and systematic education of the older monastic orders to bear on the religious problems of the burgeoning population of cities, but with more organizational flexibility than either monastic orders or the secular clergy.

Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the needs of his time, one that would bring the dedication and systematic education of the older monastic orders to bear on the religious problems of the burgeoning population of cities, but with more organizational flexibility than either monastic orders or the secular clergy.

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The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) by Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1460 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)  Dominican Order - Wikipedia

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) by Giovanni di Paolo, ca. 1460 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) Dominican Order - Wikipedia

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