Witnesses and Companions along the Way

The birth and growth of the Capuchin Fraternity had many widwives and nurses - men and women who gave the fledgeling group their moral, political and material support. For example, Caterina Cybo is the one who successfully pressed home the petition to Pope Clement VII for the papal bull of approval for the tiny new fraternity, resulting in the promulgation of Religionis Zelus issued 3 July 1528. The interventions of Vittoria Colonna in favour of the Capuchins knew no social boundaries. And the friars found support among other contemporary reformers, such as Cardinal Gaspare Contarini and the Bishop of Verona, Gianmatteo Giberti - just to name a few. 

The large volumes edited by Br Costanzo Cargnoni, I Frati Cappuccini. Documenti e testimonianze del primo secolo, 5 voll. in 6 tomi. Edizioni Frate Indovino, Perugia, 1988-1993) are remarkable for their broad scope and quantity of their contents. The historical and textual introductions for each document and section of documents render this corpus even more valuable.

The little collection here only has some letters written to, from or about Capuchins in the first two decades of their existence. This collection focuses on the relationship between the Capuchins and Italian reform up to the eve of the convocation of the Council of Trent.

The letters are transcribed from Italian or Latin    editions.

You can download the compilation here (1.4 Mb)