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The Benedictines
The Order of Saint Benedict, better known as the Benedictines, is a federation of monasteries that have, throughout their history, adopted the Rule of Saint Benedict. Benedictines, called black monks, usually wear a black tunic tightened by a leather belt. Their head is covered by a cap of the same color that ends in a point. It is attached to the scapular - a large piece of cloth at the front and back - and is worn for solemn vows, at services, and during the main acts of community life. During the liturgy, the monks put on a wide sleeved cowl.

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