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After the Society of Jesus was restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814 and the Belgian province recreated in 1832 (two years after Belgium's independence), the decision was taken in 1837 to reconstitute a group of hagiographers in order to complete the Acta Sanctorum. Four Jesuits were designated and sent to the college at Brussels. The beginnings were extremely difficult since the library had been dispersed and the tradition interrupted. The personality of Victor De Buck (1817-76), a scholar trained in several disciplines including archaeology and canon law, dominates that period. Under his leadership and thanks to the collaboration of Ivan Martinov, a Russian Jesuit, the Acta Sanctorum extended their range to the saints of the Slavonic countries.
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