Rome Shot 259

In 2005 the bones of St. Augustine were brought to Rome from Pavia to the Church of St. Augustine, where there is also the tomb of Augustine’s mother, Monica.

It was the first time in 1617 years that they had been reunited.

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  1. Not says:

    A mother and son can never be separated. St Monica’s prayers for her son were so powerful, it resulted in a great saint. Mothers never give up.

  2. Gaby Carmel says:

    Do you happen to know how the remains of St Augustine made it to Pavia? Didn’t he die during an attack on Hippo, in Africa, by barbarian forces?

    On the physical union between a son and his mother, the modern findings about the cells of a baby in the womb making their way into various parts of the mother’s body and remaining there forever is a proof of that union persisting right through the life of both. Ann Barnhardt has a wonderful article on how this plays out for Our Lady and Our Lord: THE SCIENCE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION AND ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY and it’s dated 15 August 2021.

  3. adriennep says:

    I love this church in Rome but I do not see any mention of 2004 bringing his bones to Rome. Pavia church held on tight and gave his right elbow bones to church in North Africa centuries ago, but no mention of this.

  4. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    I remember! I was there!

  5. adriennep says:

    Do you have a reference?

  6. adriennep says: reference?

    You mean other than the fact that he was there?

    I was there. I took the photo, above.

  7. adriennep says:

    I am just surprised that no mention is made of this event on the church’s website, or in other history about his relics. This is my favorite church in Rome. Did the bones just go back to Pavia? The struggle over “ownership” has been going on for so many centuries. As Fulton Sheen well knows.

  8. You are surprised that there is no mention on the website of a Roman church run by religious? Really? I’m always surprised that those guys can find the internet at all.

    Yes, the bones of Augustine came to Rome at the close of the 1650 anniversary of the birth of Augustine. They were returned to Pavia. During the visit they were placed in the Apostolic Palace, the Augustinianum (my school, I was there) and the Church of St. Augustine (across from the back door of my residence, I was there).

  9. KateD says:




    San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro: World’s most difficult church to find!

    Our German bus driver who spoke no English nor Italian and I who barely speak English, drove round and round that church, with his navigator barking commands in German and him doing a Robin Williamsesque routine with his “Lola”.

    We did locate another church down the road, though. I went in and the director of music tried giving me directions in Italian.- Crickets. – I managed to convince him to get on board with us and point the way…

    When the bus doors opened, as I was thanking this gracious man, all my senior citizen pilgrims went running down the street towards the pizza joint at the end of that road…giggling like little kids. It was like a scene out of Cocoon! They were literally running, canes and walkers blowing in the wind, down the MIDDLE of the road, while locals swerved around them, giving them demonstrations of Italian hand gesture useage.

    I introduced our priest to the Pastor and ran to collect the wayward rascles. God love them!

    My intention was to give the opposite of a boring, cookie cutter group tour experience. lol. Mission accomplished!

    In tours I’ve taken, the crap hotels are nowhere near anything interesting, the included meals are American cafeteria style food consumed in the hotel and one pays up the wazooooo for the pleasure. The elderly were pushed to the point of crying in Rome in one tour I took. It made my blood boil. So I decided to start my own pilgrimage company, charging less and giving more. Hotels IN the heart of the city, in walkable distance to cool things to explore during down times. Authentic cuisine in local restaurants or entertaining venues. Not the most profitable business plan…

    While it was a pain in the…neck and they nearly gave me a heart attack, it made my heart happy to hear their laughter as they ran off delighting in their mischievousness.

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