Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope helps restore Algerian church of St. Augustine

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 24 - Pope Benedict XVI has
made a personal contribution to help finance the restoration of
a basilica in Algeria dedicated to St. Augustine.
The basilica in Annaba stands on a hill overlooking the
ruins of Hippo, where St. Augustine was bishop from 395 to 430
AD, according to the Saturday issue of L'Osservatore Romano.
Restoration work began last year on the basilica, which
boasts architectural details in both the Arabic-Moorish and
Roman-Byzantine styles.
Also contributing to restoration of the century-old church
are public authorities in France and Algeria, private donors,
some religious orders and dioceses.
"We all know that St. Augustine is dear to the Pope's
heart," said the Bishop of Constantine-Hippo, Msgr. Paul
Desfarges,
The basilica and hill of Hippo are more than places of
worship but are also symbols of spiritual and human brotherhood,
"infused" with the spirit of St. Augustine, added the bishop.
Born in what is now known as Algeria, Augustine was a Latin
philosopher and theologian who is generally considered one of
Christianity's greatest thinkers.

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