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Abstract

Thérèse Peeters examines the relationship between the Vincentians and Cardinal Stefano Durazzo, archbishop of Genoa. This relationship demonstrates how the Vincentians worked and established themselves in new foundations. Trust was essential to both sides of this relationship, and it was also vital to the success of missions among the rural poor of the Genoese area. After defining trust, Peeters shows how it arose and was maintained between the Vincentians and Durazzo and between the Vincentians and the poor. Durazzo trusted the Vincentians because they were outside Genoa’s established power structure. He saw that they delivered results that furthered desired reforms in the Church and brought new services (education of the secular clergy and missions) to his area. The Vincentians trusted Durazzo because he gave them solid financial support and did not interfere in their rules or practices. Peeters further details the specific reasons their mutually beneficial relationship created trust.

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