Order of Preachers

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Order of Preachers
Ordo Praedicatorum
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Abbreviation OP, Dominicans, Blackfriars
Motto Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare ("Praise, bless, preach")
Existence 1216—present
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy
  Master General   Carlos Azpiroz Costa
Founder St. Dominic de Guzmán
Website curia.op.org

The Order of Preachers (Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum), also known as the Dominican Order or simply the Dominicans, is a Catholic religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzmán, after it was approved by Pope Honorius III. Along with the Franciscans, the order has historically been the most prominent of the mendicant orders—that is to say they depend on charity, spending their lives preaching the Gospel and serving the poor.

Some of the most famous philosophers and theologians in European history have been Dominicans, for instance Thomas Aquinas, Albert the Great, Vincent Ferrer and Catherine of Siena. It has also produced several Popes, the most noted of which include Pope Pius V.

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