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Somascha, Order of Clerks Regular of

(Ordo Clericorum Regularium a Somascha; Somaschi; also called Regular Clerks of St. Majolus, or Majolites, after the Ch. of St. Majolus,* Pavia, It., which was given them by C. Borromeo*). RC order founded 1532 Somasca (or Somascho), bet. Milan and Bergamo; approved by pope 1540; united with Theatines* ca. 1546–55; made religious order under Augustinian rule and named after Majolus 1568. Work includes care of needy and teaching. See also Counter Reformation, 6.

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