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The pope references St. Bonaventure, one of his teachers, in general audience

2010-03-04

Benedict XVI
 "This makes me feel a certain nostalgia because, as a young scholar, my research focused on this author, who is particularly dear to me."

The pope said St. Bonaventure is one of the most significant Christian figures who has contributed to the between faith and culture. In fact he said his profound knowledge of Christ is what made him one of the big theologians in history.

The life of St. Bonaventure was marked by his repeated resignations. Despite being passionate about education, he resigned as professor at the University of Paris after he became general minister of the Franciscans.

As the head of the Order he worked tirelessly to unite the different views the Franciscans had about his charisma. He also wrote the most documented biography known on St. Francis of Assisi. His life took one turn after another.

Benedict XVI
"Near the end of his life, Pope Gregory X consecrated him a bishop and appointed him cardinal, putting him in charge of the preparation of the Council of Lyon, which would deal with the reunification of the Greek and Latin Church."

According to the pope, This Doctor of the Church, who died while celebrating Mass, recalled the importance of the Gospel in the Christian life.


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