(Ordo Fratrum Minorum S. Francisci Capuccinorum). Offshoot of Franciscan* order, founded in It. ca. 1528. Its mems. wear a pointed cowl (capuche), sandals, and beard. Its severe Rule had the purpose of restoring the rigor and simplicity of the Franciscan Rule. The severity of the Rule has been mitigated in practice. Active in Counter Reformation.
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