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Thomas Aquinas was born in Roccasecca, in central Italy around 1224. Between the ages of five and fifteen, he was placed in the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino. He then enrolled at the University of Naples. As an undergraduate in 1243, he joined the Dominican order against his family's wishes. He then went to Paris and Cologne to study under Albertus Magnus (c 1245-1252). Aquinas was ordained a priest around 1250. He taught at the Dominican Studium Generale in Paris from 1252 to 1259 and was named a master of theology in 1256. While he was heading to the Council of Lyon, Aquinas became sick and died on March 7, 1274 in the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova. He was canonized by Pope John XXII in 1323 and named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V in 1567. His greatest work was the Summa Theologiae (A Summary of Theology) written around 1270. Aquinas believed that Christian revelation and human knowledge could not conflict with one another, and he characterized the human being as a composite of body and soul united in one being.
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