Alberto da Sarteano

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Alberto Berdini da Sarteano (also Beato Alberto) (1385 – 15 August 1450) was a 15th-century Franciscan friar, and an apostolic delegate for Ethiopia, India, Egypt and Jerusalem.

Beato Alberto was born in Sarteano. In 1439 he was sent by Pope Eugenius IV to deliver a letter to the Christians Copts so that they could participate to the Council of Florence and thus take part to the ongoing efforts to unite all Christian churches. Alberto Berdini returned to Italy on 26 August 1441, with four Ethiopians and Copts, although eventually the efforts at reunion proved fruitless.[1][2]

From 1442 to 1443, he became Vicar general of the Order of Friars Minor (he was interim Minister General, i.e. head of the entire order before the nomination of a new Minister General following the death of the previous one).[3] He died in Milan, aged about 65.

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  • David B. Quinn, Cecil H. Clough, Paul Edward Hedley Hair The European Outthrust and Encounter: The First Phase C.1400-c.1700 Liverpool University Press, 1994 ISBN 0-85323-229-6
  • Richard C. Trexler The journey of the Magi: meanings in history of a Christian story Princeton University Press, 1997 ISBN 0-691-01126-5