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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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a Roman lady of an illustrious family, being married first to a man who became lost in debauchery, she divorced herself from him, and being then but little acquainted with the commands of the gospel, she married a second husband of the same sort as the first. For this act she was excluded from the communion of the Church, to which she eventually returned, after public penitence, with extreme humility. She spent all her fortune for the relief of the poor, and for the establishment of a large hospital at Rome. In A.D. 395 she went to Palestine, and visited Jerome at Bethlehem, The invasion of the Huns into Palestine forced her to leave that country, and she returned to Italy, where she continued to consecrate her life to continual exercises of piety and charity. Fabiola died December 29, 399. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. Smith, Dict. of Christ. Biog. s.v.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Fabiola'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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