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1. Born at Calaruega, Spain, in 1170, St Dominic wanted to go to Russia as a missionary, but the Pope sent him to Toulouse, where the Albigensian heresy was particularly strong. He lived by the Gospel, and preached the Gospel.
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2. Men came to join him, to follow his way of preaching and poverty, and from these grew the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).

Sisters also joined this new order, supporting its work by their prayers from the enclosures where they lived. Dominic died in 1221.

let the holiness and teaching of St Dominic
come to the aid of your Church.
May he help us now with his prayers
as he once inspired people by his preaching.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit...
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