The Order of Poor Ladies, also known as the Poor Clares, the Poor Clare Nuns, the Clarisse, or the Minoresses is a Franciscan order founded by Saint Clare of Assisi. As of 2004 there are over 20,000 Poor Clare Sistersliving (http://www.poorclare.org/) in over 76 countries throughout the world.
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On 18 October of that year the sovereign pontiff issued the rule which is in the most general observance among the PoorClares and which has given the name "Urbanist" to a large division of the order.
The original Bull of Innocent IV confirming the Rule of St. Clare was discovered in 1893 in a mantle of the saint which had been preserved, among other relics, at the monastery of St. Clare at Assisi (Robinson, "Inventarium documentorum", 1908).
In 1807 a PoorClare community of the Urbanist Observance, fleeing from the terrors of the French Revolution, took refuge in England and founded a monastery at Scorton Hall in Yorkshire.
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