"God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America."

Patrick Cubbage, a former honor guardsman at a New Jersey veterans cemetery, who was fired for saying this during a burial service last fall.

"I went to a psychoanalyst for 20 years, and I can say that Books Ten and Eleven of [Augustine's] Confessions offer answers to our most intimate questions and calm our most painful queries."

Gerard Depardieu, French actor, who says an introduction to Augustine by Pope John Paul II "reconciled me with the Bible." He is now delivering readings from Confessions around the world.

"The poor and suffering are the responsibility of the whole church, even when they're not members of any church."

President Bush, addressing the National Religious Broadcasters.

"This is madness! What believer would want to stay in a church that equally venerates murderers and martyrs, lechers and saints?"

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II, blasting a campaign to canonize Ivan the Terrible and Grigori Rasputin.

Sources: The Washington Times, The Independent, The White House, The Moscow Times

Related Elsewhere

Articles referenced above include:

Veterans cemetery aide fired for invoking GodThe Washington Times (Feb. 8, 2003)
Actor Gives Augustine's "Confessions" a New Twist—Zenit News Agency (Feb. 10, 2003)
Confessions of DepardieuThe Independent, London (Feb. 10, 2003)
President Bush Discusses Faith-Based Initiative in Tennessee—White House Press Release (Feb. 10, 2003)

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