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Alberto Berdini da Sarteano (1385, Sarteanomarker - 15 August 1450, Milanmarker) was a 15th century Franciscan friar, and an apostolic delegate for Ethiopiamarker, Indiamarker, Egyptmarker and Jerusalemmarker. 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 Italymarker on 26 August 1441, with four Ethiopians and Copts, although eventually the efforts at reunion proved fruitless.

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).

See also


  1. Quinn The European Outthrust and Encounter p.81 [1]
  2. Trexler The journey of the Magi p.128 [2]
  3. Robson The Franciscans in the Middle Ages, p.10 [3]


  • 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 0853232296
  • Richard C. Trexler The journey of the Magi: meanings in history of a Christian story Princeton University Press, 1997 ISBN 0691011265

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