St. Bonaventure

bonaventureBorn in Tuscany in 1221, Giovanni Fidanza, in consequence of a miraculous cure, entered the Franciscan Order. While still young, he became minister general; guided by his wise and prudent spirit, the Franciscan Order was saved from the schism which was about to divide the rigorous from the mild. He was closely united to St. Thomas Aquinas; both taught at the University of Paris at the same time. St. Bonaventure was created Cardinal and Bishop of Albano in 1273 by Gregory X; he died on July 15 in the following year at Lyons whilst the Ecumenical Council was held in that city. The Pope and the entire Council took part in his funeral; every priest in the world said Mass for his soul.

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