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Augustine (St. Augustine)

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Born: 354 AD
Died: 430 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: Algerian
Categories: Bishops, Saint

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354 - Born on November 13th in Tagaste, a town of Numidia, now Souk-Ahras in Algeria. St. Augustine is one of the four great fathers of the Latin Church.

383 - Augustine now returned for a second time to Carthage, where he devoted himself zealously to work and migrated to Rome.

386 - The conversion of Augustine, as we have been accustomed to call this event, took place, a few weeks before the beginning of the vacation. The determination to give up his post was rendered easier by a chest trouble which was not without danger, and which for months made him incapable of work.

388 - Returned to Tagaste.

397 - The Confessions were written shortly after he became a bishop and give a vivid sketch of his early career.

400 - He came, no longer a young man, to Rome, where he lived for more than a decade, and soon made himself conspicuous by his activity and by his opinions.

411 - His pupil Coelestius, a lawyer of unknown origin, developed the views of his master with a more outspoken logic, and, while traveling with Pelagius in Africa was at length arraigned before the bishop of Carthage for the following, amongst other heretical opinions: (1) that Adam's sin was purely personal, and affected none but himself; (2) that each man, consequently, is born with powers as in corrupt as those of Adam, and only falls into sin under the force of temptation and evil example; (3) that children who die in infancy, being untainted by sin, are saved without baptism.

412 - He addressed a further treatise to the same Marcellinus on The Spirit and the Letter (De spiritu et littera).

415 - Composed the treatises on Nature and Grace (De natura et gratia) and the relation of the human to the divine righteousness (De perfectione iustitiae hominis).

417 - Augustine wrote a treatise concerning the correction of the Donatists (De correctione Donatistarum) "for the sake of those", he says in his Retractations, "who were not willing that the Donatists should be subjected to the correction of the imperial laws".

421 -  He wrote the presentation of the Catholic doctrine in the compendium, at the request of a Roman layman named Laurentius.

430 - Augustine was ill with his last illness, and could only pray for his fellow citizens. He passed away during the siege, on the 28th of August, at the age of seventy-five, and thus was spared the indignity of seeing the city in the hands of the enemy in Hippo Regius.

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