Born in what is now Croatia, Jerome studied in Rome from the age of 12 and was baptized at 19.
He learned theology in Germany, Greek and Hebrew in Syria and was ordained at Antioch, though he never celebrated Mass.
He became secretary to Pope Damasus I, who asked him to revise the Latin New Testament.
This ascetic scholar, an early Christian theologian, moved permanently in 385 to Bethlehem, where he founded a monastery and boys’ school and wrote.
His greatest achievement was the Latin Vulgate Bible.
Text: Catholic News Service
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