When the Holy Father made a visit to one of his seminaries, the Seminario Maggiore, he said this:
On his memories of the seminary, the Holy Father recounted that among the subjects of study, he preferred philosophy and exegesis.
"I was fascinated from the beginning especially by the figure of St. Augustine and then also the school of St. Augustine in medieval times, St. Bonaventure, the great Franciscans, the figure of St. Francis," the Pope said.
"Especially fascinating for me was St. Augustine’s great humanity," he added. "He had to struggle spiritually to find access to the Word of God little by little, access to life with God, to the great yes to his Church."