It was probably in the year 1205 that Innocent III granted an interview to two Spaniards, Bishop Diego of Osma and his companion, Dominic, who were seeking permission to preach among the Cumans on the eastern frontiers of Hungary. Apparently, the pope dissuaded them from their original purpose, seeing in them the kind of persons needed to preach in the Cathar areas of southern France. They first joined with the Cistercians, but soon developed an entirely new concept of itinerant preachers. After Diego died, Dominic carried the work further with support from Bishop Fulk of Toulouse. Finally in 1215 Dominic and Fulk together proposed to the pope an organization of preachers which might serve the needs of Christianity as a whole.
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