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John of Parma

(1209—1289)


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(1209–89),

Franciscan. Elected Minister General in 1247, he tried to restore the original asceticism and discipline of the Order, while recognizing the need to adapt. He lived simply, but did not impose his austerity on others, and it seems that it was his sympathy towards Joachim of Fiore rather than his views on poverty that led to accusations of heresy in Rome. He resigned in 1257, nominating St Bonaventure as his successor. Feast day, 20 Mar.

Subjects: Christianity.


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