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Cistercian monks who follow the rule of the abbey at La Trappe, France, as reformed in 1664. they wer absorbed into the Cistercians of the Strict Observance in 1892, but the name is now commonly applied to the latter. The reformation of the Trappists, under the Abbé de Rancé in the seventeenth century, was continued by Abbé Lestrange into the early nineteenth century, emphasizing the need for a more penitential life. Separated monasteries were united inot an international order in 1892 under an abbot general. Their official name is Cistercians of Strict Observance, or Reformed Cistericians. Monasteries of the order are in many countries.
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