(from Lat. mendicare, to beg). Religious orders (including Franciscans,* Dominicans,* Carmelites,* Augustinian* Hermits, Servites*) which originally renounced common as well as individual possessions. The Council of Trent* (Sess. XXV, Concerning Regulars and Nuns, chap. 3) permitted most mendicant orders to hold goods in common (exceptis domibus fratrum sancti Francisci Capucinorum et eorum, qui Minorum de observantia vocantur: except the houses of the Capuchin brethren of St. Francis and [the houses] of those called Minor Observants); papal concessions have been extended also to Franciscan conventuals.
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