St. Augustine was born at Tagaste in North Africa. Despite the piety of his mother, Monica, when Augustine's studies led him to Carthage he fell away from the Church, even embraced heresy, and led a wayward life. With guidance from his mother and Bishop Ambrose, both of whom were later canonized, Augustine eventually came to accept instruction in Christian faith and was baptized in Italy.
After returning to Africa, Augustine joined the priesthood and ultimately became the Bishop of Hippo. Holding that position until death, Augustine tirelessly governed his churches, preached to his people and wrote voluminous works. Among them is De Civitate Dei, Of the City of God, in which he answers those who attributed the fall of Rome to the abolition of pagan worship.
During his life, St. Augustine actively addressed the practical concerns of the churches and people he served. He drew from this wealth of personal experience to become one of the greatest theologians of all time, a true Doctor of the Church.
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