St. Bonaventure

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Saint Bonaventure (1221 – 1274) born Giovanni di Fidanza, was an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He was canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. He is known as the “Seraphic Doctor”.

His works consist of Commentary on the Sentences of Lombard and Commentary on the Gospel of St Luke. He also had a number of smaller works; the most famous of which are The Mind’s Road to God (Itinerarium mentis in Deum), an outline of his theology.


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