In the beginning, there were Black Catholics

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In the beginning, there were Black Catholics

Would it surprise you to learn that some people believe St. Augustine, St. Monica, and St. Cyril of Alexandria were Black? Well, were they? “It’s hard to say what color St. Augustine’s skin was,” says Father Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., but “I’m convinced he wasn’t a blond. You could say he was culturally African.”

Davis, a professor of church history at St. Meinrad School of Theology and author of The History of Black Catholics in the United States (Crossroad, 1992), reminds us that the Catholic Church was not European originally but Mediterranean. He adds, “Remember, Ethiopia was a Christian nation earlier than many nations in Europe. It was a Christian kingdom before Ireland was evangelized, before more of North Germany was evangelized, and before Poland was a Catholic country.”  Read more…..