The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world
Outdone by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and Seville’s Cathedral, Milan Cathedral is still one big church! Covering a surface of 109,641 square feet and an entire city block, its size is even more impressive considering it’s the oldest church on that list.
Saint Augustine was born in Thagaste, Numidia, now Algeria, and met in Milan several people that brought an essential change to his life. His friendship with Saint Ambrose, animated by a strong and charismatic personality, was crucial for Augustine’s personal changing. In Milan he heard several Ambrose’s sermons in the cathedral and through these words he found his way to the conversion to Christianity.
Augustine, as was recently said by Pope Benedict XVI, is the Church Father that has written the greatest number of works (books, letters and sermons). Some of these works are of fundamental importance not only for the history of Christianity, but also for the shaping of the Western culture. As others Church Fathers of the first centuries, but with even more force, Augustine has a strong and persistent influence on culture: a fact that is highlighted by the great number of manuscripts of his works that is available nowadays.
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