Influencial People in the History of the Catholic Church Essay

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St. Augustine was born in a small town called Tagaste. In this small town, in 254a.d. a very intelligent, yet rebellious and important life started. Augustine was a troublesome child from his beginnings, in the early part of his life, although very intelligent, he was not focused in school and had poor grades in the subject that he disliked. As Augustine grew older he began a life of parties and sin, especial after his parents sent him away to a university, he chose a life that was a lot of fun but led him further and further away from God. Augustine realized just how detrimental this was to his faith and changed his ways to become a very important and influence Christian. He began teaching in North Africa; he was a priest, a bishop and …show more content…
Around the time he was 30 he held the most distinguished civil office in Rome, only to give up everything after a long inward struggle and become a monk. Gregory stayed at St. Andrews until 578 until, against his will, he was made one of 7 deacons of Rome. He was sent to Byzantine as a permanent ambassador to try and win support for a growing war against the Lombard's who were closing in on Rome, but he was recalled to Rome in 586 or 585 where he returned to St. Andrews as an abbot and it grew very well under him. In 589 the pope died, and Gregory was elected into his place. He instated many, many new rules as pope, but ultimately was very popular. Pope Gregory was the first pope to establish good relations between all the churches of Europe and really established the papacy as a powerful position. Gregory was a father of the medieval papacy. He played virtually no role in furthering monasticism but was the first Pope to be powerful and influential enough to bring all the churches together under one, centralized rule. Pope Gregory set up the modern Catholic Church to be what it is today and how powerful it was in his time, nations would waver to his demands, he could veto and decision and was a central point of guidance to the whole of Europe, paving the way of the next line of Popes to be the same.

Thomas Aquinas:

Thomas Aquinas was born into the ruling family of Aquino. To his family's disappointment he in 1244 entered

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