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Suppression of Two Congregations of the Cistercian Order

No longer possessing the necessary requirements to form a congregation, two congregations of the Order where suppressed by decree of the Holy See: the Congregation of “Mary Mediatrix of all Graces” in Belgium and Holland (Decree of April 24, 2014), and the Congregation of the “Most Pure Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary” in Germany and Denmark (Decree of November 6, 2014). The monasteries of Bornem, Mariënkroon and Colen of the Congregation of “Mary Mediatrix of all Graces” and the monasteries of Marienstern and Marienthal of the Congregation of the “Most Pure Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary” were incorporated directly into the Order, with the Abbot General as Father Immediate.

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