Sainthood by the papacy
in Indispensable immigrants
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In 1588, Ludovico Cavitelli introduced in his version of the Alberto legend the claim that Alberto had belonged to the Third Order of Saint Dominic. Meanwhile, the same early modern centuries brought important changes to the canonisation process. The Council of Trent reasserted in 1563 the validity of the cult of saints and even elevated its importance by asserting that the faithful could seek grace from God only through the mediation of the saints. Pope Urban forbade absolutely the cult of any blessed or saint not approved by the papacy. The Jesuit project on saints, while unique in its scope was thus part of a European-wide intellectual trend. The leading protagonists in the cause of Alberto included some of the key figures who expanded and sustained the corps of Dominican saints in the first half of the eighteenth century: a pope, a bishop, and an inquisitor.

Indispensable immigrants

The wine porters of northern Italy and their saint, 1200–1800

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