WASHINGTON — Students in professor Chad Pecknold's newest class come from Canada, Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and all across the United States, but two things unite them all — a printed copy of St. Augustine's "City of God" and their Twitter accounts.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- From dignitaries in horse-drawn carriages to everyday Catholics sharing the sign of peace on the basilica grounds under a Jumbotron, the celebration of four and a half centuries offered something for everyone.
Even a lesson on how Archie Bunker could be viewed as a theologian.
The St. Augustine Diocese, along with its namesake city, celebrated 450 years of faith and community Sept. 8, with festivities that began where it all started -- the grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios.
The readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent shout out man's hunger for God's mercy and God's desire to share that mercy.
Let's explore this hunger within ourselves. Our greatest hungers aren't for possessions, sensual pleasures, or earthly power and glory. These might consume most of our time and effort, but they're distractions from our deepest thirst. They're mere superficial camouflages of our deepest hunger and don't ever satisfies our deepest instincts.
VATICAN CITY -- Who are the holy men and women Pope Francis looks up to? He revealed many of them in two recently published interviews.
Here, in no exact order, are the saints Pope Francis has a particular fondness for or credits with playing an important role in his religious formation. The names are taken from the La Repubblica interview; the Sept. 19 interview with the Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica; and a 2010 book-length compilation of interviews with Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti, titled "Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio."
ROME -- St. Augustine famously said that people's hearts are restless until they rest in God, but too many people, Pope Francis said, have allowed their hearts to be "anesthetized" and no longer search for God and for love.
Celebrating the saint's feast day Aug. 28 with members of the Order of St. Augustine, Pope Francis prayed that they would always be restless in their search for God, their desire to share the Gospel and their drive to demonstrate their love for everyone they meet.