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St. Eusebius of Cremona

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Feastday: March 5
Death: 423

Abbot of Bethlehem, Israel, a friend of St. Jerome and St. Paula. A native of Cremona, Italy, he went to Rome and met St. Jerome and went to the Holy Land where he met St. Paula and her mother, St. Eustochium. They settled in Bethlehem, and Eusebius returned to Italy to raise funds for a pil­grim hostel. He was involved in the dispute over Origen and is believed to have persuaded Pope St. Anastasius to condemn Origen's writings. Eusebius served for a time as an abbot in Bethlehem but then returned to Cremona in 400. A tradition credits him with founding Guadalupe Abbey in Spain. He supported St. Jerome's writings and work.

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