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Barefooted Monks

(and Nuns). Popular name for members of various orders who wear no footcovering whatsoever or only sandals. They are also known as “discalced” (e.g., discalced Carmelites*), though this term is properly applied only to those who wear sandals. The custom was introd. in the W by Francis* of Assisi, probably with reference to Mt. 10:10. It has been followed by the stricter branches of many orders, e.g., Augustinian* Hermits, Franciscans,* Passionists,* Trinitarians.*

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