Brief papal tribute to St. Augustine
Catholic World News - April 28, 2014
Declining an invitation from Algerian bishops to reconsecrate the newly restored Basilica of St. Augustine, Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as his special envoy.
The church, originally consecrated in 1909, was raised to the rank of minor basilica in 1914. It is located in Annaba, the northeastern Algerian city once known as Hippo, where St. Augustine ministered as a bishop from 395 to 430. The reconsecration will take place on May 2.
In a letter dated March 21 but released April 26, Pope Francis asked Cardinal Tauran to “highlight for civil and religious authorities the influence of the person and the importance of the teaching of St. Augustine for the people also of our time.” The Pope also asked the French prelate to encourage the faithful “to seek the divine will with new zeal, by prayers and meditation, as well as by consideration of spiritual needs.”
“We wish that you extend words of Our good will also to Muslims, especially to those who show signs of good will towards the Christians staying there,” Pope Francis added.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,337 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!