St. Siricius, born circa 334 in Rome, was elected the 38th pope in 384. Siricius extended the authority of the pope, and he said papal documents must be widely distributed. In a synod in 386, he reaffirmed canon laws. The importance of celibate life for the religious and clergy was reaffirmed in another synod, 390-392. Siricius also healed a schism. He died Nov. 26, 399.