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Benedictines

The Catholic order with the well-known rule "ora et labora" (pray and work) and black robes was founded by Benedict of Nursia (480-542), who was later canonised, around 529. The first monastery was Montecassino in the southern Italian region of Lazio (which was badly damaged during the Second World War). In the Rule of the Order, which he wrote, it says about the consumption of wine: "Taking into account the weaker brothers, we believe that one hemina (about 0.27 litres) a day is sufficient. But those to whom God has given the gift of abstinence may know that a special reward awaits them. But if circumstances show that the measure mentioned is not possible, but much less or nothing at all, we exhort the brethren to abstain from murmuring" (see many other sayings about wine under quotations).

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