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Pope Benedict XVI to visit St. Augustine’s Tomb

February 3, 2007

Augustine of Hippo–as well as other Church Fathers–was the focus of the young Fr. Ratzinger’s studies. His dissertation called People and House of God in Augustine’s Teaching on the Church was a topic chosen by one of his professors, but as we learn from his memoirs, his study of Augustine and the Church Fathers made him feel that he “could set out on this adventure” of writing his dissertation.

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit the tomb of Saint Augustine in the Augustinian church at Pavia in northern Italy.

Pavia is about one hour by road or train from Milan. He will visit there in 2007, at a date yet to be fixed. Precise details of his itinerary have not yet been determined. (Read the complete news on


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