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Poor Relief

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The demand for the diaconate's poor relief services was not adversely affected by functional differentiation. Second, poor relief was subject to greater bureaucratization and professionalization in much of Europe as larger towns were divided into relief districts, welfare officers were appointed, and the residents of charitable institutions were more meticulously documented. Third, the centralization of poor relief was much stronger in Protestant than in Catholic lands. Finally, &t;common chests,&t; typically located in parish churches, meant that churches effectively functioned as welfare offices. Finally, she was to care for the sick, enlisting the help of other female residents &t;known for their morality&t; in this task. Finally, administrators and municipal poor relief boards were very much pleased with the job performance of deaconesses at indoor institutions. Much of this work centered on visiting the &t;poor sick&t; in their homes and evaluating their health care needs.

Keywords: bureaucratization; Catholic; deaconesses; diaconate; Europe; health care; poor; Protestant; relief



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