Born in Roman North Africa, Augustine had a Christian upbringing by his mother, St. Monica.
But he led a dissolute life, living for years with a woman who bore him a son.
He taught rhetoric in Carthage, Rome and Milan, where a conversion of heart led to his baptism by Bishop Ambrose in 387.
He returned to North Africa and served as bishop of Hippo for 35 years.
An influential doctor of the church, Augustine battled several heresies and left numerous writings, including his still widely read “Confessions.”
Text: Catholic News Services
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