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The pre-Vulgate Latin translation of the Bible. Praised by St. Augustine in his De Doctrina Christiana (II, 22), it was a literal rendering into the Latin from the Greek. It formed the basis of St. Jerome's Vulgate for the New Testament, and the books of Wisdom, Baruch, Ecclesiasticus, and Maccabees in the Old Testament. The text of the Itala is used by the canons of St. Peter's, in the Ambrosian Rite, and in some parts of the Roman missal.