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On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:54 AM, Paul Chandler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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http://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2013/11/22/news/dopo_sei_secoli_chiudono_chiesa_e_coinvento_di_san_marco-71578414/

This sad report in the Italian press today says that the Italian Dominicans -- for financial reasons, it seems -- have suppressed the 600-year-old convent of San Marco in Florence, home to friars like Beato Angelico and Savanarola, with a famous library frequented by the likes of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola. The four remaining friars will be transferred to S. Maria Novella.

I imagine that the whole complex has been the property of the Italian state since the secularisation of 1865, and that the suppression of the community will make little difference to museum operations and tours. For contemporary religious communities, occupying their historic buildings is often a double-edged sword: it connects them to a living heritage, but is sometimes counter-productive to living the heritage in the 21st century. No doubt a difficult decision. -- Paul


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