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PIERRE CAROLI (born 1480 in Rozay-en-Brie , died in 1550, possibly in Rome) was a French refugee and religious figure.

He was a Doctor of theology of the University of Paris
University of Paris
, and was receptive to the ideas of the Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reformation
. However, he entered into open confrontation with John Calvin
John Calvin
, the central figure of French Protestantism. In a theological dispute, Caroli accused Calvin and Guillaume Farel of Arianism
Arianism
and Sabellianism
Sabellianism
.

Caroli was a teacher of theology in Paris
Paris
in 1520. There he had been under the influence of a leader of the humanists , Jacques Faber Stapulensis (Lefèvre d'Etaples), and belonged to the group supporting the return of the bishop Guillaume Briçonnet de Meaux . He was professor in the Sorbonne for some years. However, in 1525, his theses on the Epistles of Paul had unleashed an attack on him by of the censorship, and he was expelled from the Sorbonne.

The sister of the king, Margaret of Angoulême , called on his services and gave him in 1530 a position in a parish in Alençon
Alençon
. In 1534, the Protestants were persecuted. Like Calvin, Caroli was a fugitive. He went to Geneva
Geneva
in 1535 and joined Farel there. Shortly afterwards he went to Basel
Basel
, where he studied Hebrew
Hebrew
and became a friend of Simon Grynaeus and Oswald Myconius . In 1536 he took part in the great theological dispute in