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Video: Why Every Christian Should Visit Monte Cassino

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Fr. Robert Barron makes a stop at the birth place of Western monasticism to talk about St. Thomas Aquinas

After attracting a number of followers, Benedict of Nursia settled on a mountain top in Italy called Monte Cassino and established the Western monastic tradition. Thomas Aquinas arrived there at the age of 5 or 6 and spent almost 10 years there, absorbing Benedictine life and spirituality. He eventually left for Naples where he encountered the Dominicans, who were at the time a new upstart mendicant movement. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron talks about why Monte Cassino is not only such an important site in the western Church, but also to the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the "pivotal players" in his series by the same name currently being filmed by Word on Fire Ministries.