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Catholic Answer In the eleventh century, St. Robert of Molesme, who was a Benedictine monk founded a new monastic order based on the Rule of St. Benedict. The purpose was to live the Benedictine life upon more strict and austere lines. By the end of the twelfth century, the new Benedictine Order had 530 Cistercian abbeys and another 150 in the next century. The Cistercians wear an old white version of the typical Black Benedictine Habit. The Cistercians, in turn, were reformed in the 17th century, they are styled Cistercians of the Strict Observance or Trappists, who follow the Rule even more closely. They wear a white robe with a black scapular.

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