Professor Nigel Harris, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) handed over the Douai Bible to Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Reverend Charles Dufour, during a special ceremony held on Friday, at the UWI Mona campus.
"This is a vital find that goes back 150 years, and in truth perhaps one of the earlier editions of the Catholic version of the Bible. It must have belonged to a prominent family in Jamaica and, obviously, it is a family that have, indeed, collected input from a number of bishops from around the world. It must have had some particular significance" Harris told The Gleaner.
"Retrieving this Bible and being able to give it to the Catholic Church by its 500th anniversary in Jamaica is a very special moment, perhaps the returning of an item of great importance back home in a sense, back to the church" he added.