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The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.: Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae), or Trappists, are a Roman Catholic religious order of contemplative monks who follow the Rule of St. Benedict.

The Trappists are a branch of the Cistercians, and like the other Cistercian orders they also have a women's branch commonly referred to as the Trappistines.

The Trappist monks of the Tre Fontane (Three Fountains) Abbey raise the lambs whose wool is used to make the pallia of new metropolitan archbishops that are presented by the Pope to them on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles; they are blessed by the Pope on the Feast of Saint Agnes, January 21.

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