Dec. 11: ST. DAMASUS I, POPE
St. Damasus I (305-384) was probably near the city of Idanha-a-Velha (in Lusitania, Hispania), in what is present-day Portugal, then part of the Western Roman Empire. Damasus defended with vigor the Catholic Faith in a time of dire and varied perils. In two Roman synods (368 and 369) he condemned Apollinarianism and Macedonianism. He commission St. Jerome to undertake the translation of the Bible into Latin, provided for the proper housing of the archives of the Roman Church, restored catacombs and foster the devotion to the martyrs.
Let us pray.
Grant, we pray, O Lord, that we may constantly exalt the merits of your Martyrs, whom Pope Saint Damasus so venerated and loved.