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Friar Minor,date of birth unknown; d. at Velletri in 1480; he was a man
of much energy and great learning, and was held in high esteem as a preacher by the people of Brescia, Velletri, and other cities of NorthernItaly. Caperolo played an important part in the religious disturbances, which arose about the year 1475, between the Franciscan provinces of Milan
and Venice, and which were occasioned in great measure by the war
then going on between Milan
and the Venetian Republic. After considerable difficulty Caperolo succeeded in obtaining permission from Pope Sixtus IV
to separate several convents of the Venetian provice from the obedience
of the Observants, and to form
a vicariate, which was placed under the obedience
of the Conventuals, but retained the right
its own provincial
superior. The members of the new congregation were known as Caperolani, from Caperolo their founder. The death of Caperolo, however, put an end to the Caperolani as a distinct branch within the order, and all the members of the new vicariate without exception returned to the obedience
of the Observants.
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