I send you an appeal of the order of St. Lazarus for help to the unfortunate lepers of Colombia. Formerly the grand master of this order had to be a leper himself. His Grace, the Archbishop of New York, informs me that this manner of qualification for the grandmastership was abolished by the Holy See in 1253.
Lecture given by the Reverend Father (Salesian) Evasio Rabagliati, in the Solemn Session of the Society of St. Lazarus (Bogota, Colombia) on July 7, 1895. (Exordio—Et occurrerunt ei decem viri leprosi, qui steterunt a longe et levaiverunt vocem suam dicentes: Jesu preceptor, miserere nostri—and there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off; and they lifted up their voice and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.")1The first thing we should observe in this story is the great and exquisite kindness of Jesus, etc...Brethren, not far
ASHMEAD AS. THE CHURCH OF ROME AND THE LEPERS OF COLOMBIA. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):428–430. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860032001m
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