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Memorial of Saint Monica

Saint Monica

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Raised in a Christian family, she was given in marriage to a bad-tempered, adulterous pagan named Patricius. Mother of two, one of whom is Saint Augustine of Hippo whose writings about her are the primary source of our information about Monica. She prayed constantly for the conversion of her husband (who converted on his death bed), and of her son (who converted after a wild life). Spiritual student of Saint Ambrose of Milan. Reformed alcoholic.

Born

322 at Tagaste (Souk Ahrus), Roman North Africa (modern Algeria)

Died

387 at Ostia, Italy

Patronage

• alcoholics, alcoholism
• difficult marriages
• disappointing children
• homemakers, housewives
• married women, wives
• mothers
• victims of adultery or unfaithfulness
• victims of verbal abuse
• widows
• Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers
• Bevilacqua, Italy
• Mabini, Bohol, Philippines

Representation

• cincture, girdle
• tears

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medals and pendants

Video

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Readings

Nothing is far from God. - Saint Monica

Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled. - Saint Monica, about the conversion of Augustine

The day was now approaching when my mother Monica would depart from this life; you know that day, Lord, though we did not. She and I happened to be standing by ourselves at a window that overlooked the garden in the courtyard of the house. At the time we were in Ostia on the Tiber. And so the two of us, all alone, were enjoying a very pleasant conversation, "forgetting the past and pushing on to what is ahead.." We were asking one another in the presence of the Truth - for you are the Truth - what it would be like to share the eternal life enjoyed by the saints, which "eye has not seen, nor ear heard, which has not even entered into the heart of man." We desired with all our hearts to drink from the streams of your heavenly fountain, the fountain of life. That was the substance of our talk, though not the exact words. But you know, O Lord, that in the course of our conversation that day, the world and its pleasures lost all their attraction for us. My mother said, "Son, as far as I am concerned, nothing in this life now gives me any pleasure. I do not know why I am still here, since I have no further hopes in this world. I did have one reason for wanting to live a little longer: to see you become a Catholic Christian before I died. God has lavished his gifts on me in that respect, for I know that you have even renounced earthly happiness to be his servant. So what am I doing here?" I do not really remember how I answered her. Shortly, within five days or thereabouts, she fell sick with a fever. Then one day during the course of her illness she became unconscious and for a while she was unaware of her surroundings. My brother and I rushed to her side, but she regained consciousness quickly. She looked at us as we stood there and asked in a puzzled voice: "Where was I?" We were overwhelmed with grief, but she held her gave steadily upon us, and spoke further: "Here you shall bury your mother." I remained silent as I held back my tears. However, my brother haltingly expressed his hope that she might not die in a strange country but in her own land, since her end would be happier there. When she heard this, her face was filled with anxiety, and she reproached him with a glance because he had entertained such earthly thoughts. Then she looked at me and spoke: "Look what he is saying." Thereupon she said to both of us, "Bury my body wherever you will; let not care of it cause you any concern. One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be." Once our mother had expressed this desire as best she could, she fell silent as the pain of her illness increased. - from the Confessions of Saint Augustine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-monica/


Saint Poemen

Also known as

Pastor, Shepherd

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Leader of a group of hermits in the desert of Skete in Egypt, living in the abandoned ruins of a pagan temple at Terenuth. Noted for his strong discipline, permitting himself and his brothers four hours of sleep a day, spending the rest of the time in chores, prayers or study. One of the very few survivors of barbarian raids in 407. Urged frequent Communion for all; had a way with words and was known for his wise sayings.

Died

c.450 of natural causes

Readings

The beginning of evil is the lack of vigilance. - Saint Poemen

Silence is not a virtue when charity calls for speech. - Saint Poemen

A living faith consists of thinking little of self, and showing consideration for others. - Saint Poemen

Teach your heart to guard that which your tongue teaches. - Saint Poemen

When your brother attacks you, whatever the insults are, if you get angry at him, you are getting angry without cause. Even if he were to pull out your right eye, and to cut off your right hand, if you get angry at him, you are getting angry without cause. Yet if he were to try to take you away from God, then get angry! - Saint Poemen

Do not lay open your conscience to anyone whom you do not trust in your heart. - Saint Poemen

To instruct your neighbour is the same thing as reproving him. - Saint Poemen

If you take little account of yourself, you will have peace, wherever you live. - Saint Poemen

To throw yourself before God, not to measure your progress, to leave behind all self-will; these are the instruments for the work of the soul. - Saint Poemen

Let go of a small part of your righteousness and in a few days you will be at peace. - Saint Poemen

To throw yourself before God, to not measure your progress, to leave behind all self-will - these are the instruments for the work of the soul. - Saint Poemen

You must flee from sensual things. Verily, every time a man comes close to a struggle with sensuality, he is like a man standing at the edge of a deep lake, and the Enemy throws him in whenever he likes. But if the man lives far from sensual things, he is like one who stands at a distance from the lake, so that even if the Enemy entices him in order to throw him to the bottom, God sends him help at the very moment that the Enemy is drawing him away and doing him violence. - Saint Poemen

Give not your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart. - Saint Poemen

If you are silent, you will possess peace wherever you live. - Saint Poemen

The nature of water is soft, and the nature of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall down drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the Word of God: it is soft and our heart is hard, but the man who hears the Word of God often opens his heart to the fear of God. - Saint Poemen

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-poemen/


Blessed Dominic Barberi

Also known as

• Dominic of the Mother of God
• Apostle to England

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Born to a poor farm family, orphaned by age eight, and raised by an aunt and uncle on a farm in Merlano, Italy. An uneducated shepherd boy, he spent his time with the flocks in prayer. Met many Passionist priests exiled from France during the repressions of Napoleon. During prayers with them he received a divine message that he would work in northern Europe and England. One day in 1814, just before he entered into an arranged marriage, he slipped away from his family and joined the Passionists, taking the name Dominic of the Mother of God.

Though he had no education, Dominic proved to be an excellent student, quick to grasp philosophy and theology. Ordained in Rome on 1 March 1821. Teacher and spiritual director, writer on theology and homiletics. One of his works was based on the idea of bringing modern science to philosphical studies; condemned in its day, it's now seen as preparing the way for some of the reforms of Pope Leo XIII. Feeling always drawn to England, he worked to learn English, and met with any English visitors to Rome that he could find.

Delegate to the general chapter of his Order in 1833. With Father Peter Magagnotto, Father Seraphim Giammaria, and Brother Crispin Cotta, he established the first Passionist presence at Ere, Belgium in 1840, the first Passionist monastery outside Italy. Dominic, however, continued to press the need for work in England, and he was finally assigned to work there, establishing the first residence during Holy Week of 1842. Tireless preacher and home missioner, working for the return of anti-Catholic England to unity with Rome. Received many to the faith including John Henry Cardinal Newman's conversion to Catholicism and Father George Spencer's entrance to the Passionists; both their Causes for beatification are being investigated.

Born

22 June 1792 at Viterbo, Italy

Died

• 3pm 27 August 1849 at Reading, Berkshire, England of a heart attack
• buried in the Passionist church in Saint Helen's, Lancashire, England

Beatified

27 October 1963 by Pope Paul VI at Rome, Italy

Readings

O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal and made him a powerful minister of Thy mercy for the return of many of our separated brethren to the Catholic Church, grant to us here below, an abundant share of his virtues and deign, through his intercession, to grant us this particular grace. May we too, according to our state, contribute to the realisation of his desire for the union of all Christians in the one True Fold under the one Shepherd, Amen. - novena prayer to Blessed Dominic Barberi CP, Apostle of England

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dominic-barberi/


Saint Caesarius of Arles

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Brother of Saint Caesaria of Arles. Entered the monastery at Lérins at age 18, and worked as his house's cellarer. His devotion to duty earned him the enmity of some of his brother monks who were too interested in the house wines. Illness forced him to leave the monastery, and while he recovered in Arles, his uncle Eonus, bishop of Arles, had him transferred from Lérins.

Priest. Spent three years reforming a monastery that had lost discipline. Reluctant bishop of Arles in 503; he would rule his see for 40 years. Noted reformer and opponent of Arianism in his see, he presided over several synods where he insisted on discipline and orthodox teaching. He regularly visited his parishes, and was a successful preacher; several of his sermons have survived to today. He ordered that the Divine Office be sung every day in his churches. Built a convent in Arles with his sister as abbess, and wrote a rule for its nuns. His work restored confidence his clergy, and brought many back to the faith. Spiritual teacher of Saint Cyprian, whom he consecrated as bishop.

In 505 he was exiled to Bordeaux by King Alaric II of the Visigoths who was under the mistaken impression that Caesarius was trying to make Arles part of Burgundy. When the accusation was disproved, Caesarius was allowed to return to his diocese. There he helped the victims of the seige of Arles by the forces of Burgundy. He was arrested for political reasons when Theodoric the Ostrogoth seized Arles, but the charges were dropped and Caesarius freed in 513.

Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Apostolic delegate to Gaul, receiving the pallium from Pope Saint Symmachus, repeatedly the first time a western bishop was so honoured. Attended the Council of Orange in 529, and led the movement to condemn Semi-pelagianism. Published Brevarium Alarici, an adaptation of Roman law; it became the civil law of all Gaul. Following the fall of Arles by the Franks in 536, Caesarius moved his offices and residence to Saint John's convent where he lived out his last seven years, spending much of his time in prayer.

Born

• 470 at Châlons, Burgundy, Gaul (modern France)
• Roman citizen

Died

27 August 543 at Saint John's convent, Arles, Gaul (modern France)

Patronage

against fire

Representation

• bishop with crozier and papal pallium
• sword stuck through a book
• glove on a book
• bishop tending to sick people
• bishop distributing alms to the poor
• bishop saving monks from a burning monastery

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarius-of-arles/


Saint David Lewis

Also known as

Charles Baker (alias used to hide from anti-Catholic authorities in Wales)

Additional Memorial

25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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His mother, Margaret Prichard, was Catholic, but his father, Morgan Lewis, was a Protestant school headmaster; David, the youngest of nine children, was raised Protestant. He was reconciled to Catholicism in Paris, France at age 16. Studied at the English College in Rome, Italy from 1638. Ordained in 1642. Joined the Jesuits in 1645. Spiritual director of the English College in Rome. He returned to Wales in 1648 and spent over 30 years ministering to persecuted Catholics from the village of Cym, living in a farmhouse that served as a base for missionary work. During the increased persecutions triggered by the Titus Oates Plot, David was betrayed by a servant, and arrested in November 1678 at Llantarnan, Wales. Condemned in March 1679 for the crimes of being a priest and saying Mass. Imprisoned and interrogated in London, then returned to Usk. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Born

1616 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

Died

• hanged, drawn and quartered on 22 August 1679 in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales
• buried in Usk
• his grave has become a pilgrimage destination

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

Readings

Sweet Jesus, receive my soul. - Saint David's last words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-david-lewis/


Saint Phanurius

Also known as

Fanourios, Fanurius, Phanurios, Phanourios

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Soldier. Martyr. No other reliable information has survived. An apparition of Phanurius was reported on the island of Rhodes in 1500. Tradition says that he died praying for his mother; she was such a notorious sinner that he became known as patron of lost or impossible causes.

Born

at Crete

Died

stoned to death

Patronage

• lost articles
• desperate, forgotten, impossible or lost causes

Representation

• soldier in armour holding a spear
• soldier in armour holding a cross with a lit candle on the top
• soldier holding a cross in one hand, a lit candle in the other

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

A heavenly song of praise is brightly sung on the earth; the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendour and radiant joy; from on high, they praise with hymns thy suff'rings and struggles; and below, the Church doth laud the heavenly glory thou foundest by thy contests and pains, O glorious Phanurius. - Dismissal Hymn of the Martyr

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phanurius/


Blessed Roger Cadwallador

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Studied at Rheims, France in 1591, and at English College in Valladolid, Spain in 1592. Ordained at Valladolid in 1593. An exceptional student of Greek. Returned to England in 1594 to minister to covert Catholics in the area of Herefordshire for 16 years during a period of official persecution. Arrested on Easter, 1610, and executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

1566 at Stratton Sugwas, Herefordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 27 August 1610 at Leominster, Herefordshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-roger-cadwallador/


Blessed Jean-Baptiste Souzy

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Priest in the diocese of La Rochelle, France. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. Appointed by his bishop to serve as vicar-general of the prisoners, he tended to them as best he could in the horrible conditions of the ships. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

24 March 1732 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France

Died

27 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jean-baptiste-souzy/


Saint Gebhard of Constance

Also known as

Gebhard II

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Bishop of Constance (Konstantz), Germany from 979 till his death. Founded the Benedictine abbey of Peterhausen in 983.

Born

949 in Austria

Died

• 27 August 995 of natural causes
• buried at Peterhausen abbey in Switzerland

Patronage

• Constance, Germany, city of
• Vorarlberg, Austria, province of

Representation

• bishop reaching his staff to a lame man
• bishop with a skull wearing a papal tiara near him or on a book
• bishop with the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing to him

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gebhard-of-constance/


Blessed Angelus of Foligno

Also known as

• Angelo Conti
• Angelo of Foligno
• Angelus Conti

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Born to the Italian nobility. Augustinian hermit at the age of 20. Friend of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino and Saint Hugolinus of Gualdo Cattaneo. Helped found three Augustinian monasteries.

Born

• 1226 in Foligno, Umbria, Italy
• relics enshrined in the church of Saint Augustine, Foligno

Died

26 or 27 August 1312 in Foligno, Umbria, Italy

Beatified

11 March 1891 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angelus-of-foligno/


Blessed Jean Baptiste Guillaume

Also known as

Brother Uldaric

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Salesian brother, joining on 16 October 1785. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

1 February 1755 in Fraisans, Doubs, France

Died

27 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jean-baptiste-guillaume/


Saint Licerius of Couserans

Also known as

Licerio, Lizier

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Spiritual student of Saint Faustus of Riez in France. Bishop of Couserans, France in 506. Saved the city of Courserans from Visigoth destruction by prayer.

Born

500 in Lleida in the Pyrenees (in modern Spain)

Died

c.548 in Courserans, Aquitaine (in modern France) of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-licerius-of-couserans/


Saint Baculus of Sorrento

Also known as

Bacolo, Baccolo

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Born to the nobility, he gave up the worldly life to devote his life to study and prayer. Bishop of Sorrento, Italy. Noted for his work to end paganism in his diocese, and as an exorcist.

Died

• 27 August c.660
• interred in the walls of Sorrento, Italy
• re-interred in the church of San Felice in Sorrento

Patronage

Sorento, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-baculus-of-sorrento/


Blessed Gabriel Mary

Also known as

Gilbert Nicolas

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Refused admission by several houses of the Franciscan Observants before being received at Notre Dame de la Fon, Rochelle, France. Priest. Confessor to Saint Jane of Valois. Worked with Saint Jane to found the order of the Annonciades in 1532.

Born

1463 at Clermont, France as Gilbert Nicolas

Died

1532

Beatified

1647 by Pope Innocent X (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gabriel-mary/


Blessed Maria Pilar Izquierdo Albero

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Founded the Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary.

Born

27 July 1906 in Zaragoza, Spain

Died

27 August 1945 in San Sebastian, Guip├║zcoa, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

4 November 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-pilar-izquierdo-albero/


Saint Narnus of Bergamo

Also known as

Narno

Additional Memorial

15 January (diocese of Bergamo, Italy)

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First bishop of Bergamo, Italy.

Died

• c.345 in Bergamo, Italy of natural causes
• interred in the crypt of the church of Saint Alexandria, Bergamo
• relics transferred to the modern cathedral of Saint Alexander in 1561

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-narnus-of-bergamo/


Saint Arontius of Potenza

Also known as

Orontius

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian.

Died

• beheaded in 303 at Potenza, Italy
• relics enshrined in the Basilicata of Pontenza
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arontius-of-potenza/


Saint Fortunatus of Potenza

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian.

Died

• beheaded in 303 at Potenza, Italy
• relics enshrined in the Basilicata of Pontenza
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fortunatus-of-potenza/


Saint Honoratus of Potenza

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian.

Died

• beheaded in 303 at Potenza, Italy
• relics enshrined in the Basilicata of Pontenza
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-honoratus-of-potenza/


Saint Sabinian of Potenza

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian.

Died

• beheaded in 303 at Potenza, Italy
• relics enshrined in the Basilicata of Pontenza
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sabinian-of-potenza/


Saint Rufus of Capua

Also known as

Rufino, Rufo

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Spiritual student of Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna. Bishop of Capua, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

295

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rufus-of-capua/


Saint Ebbo of Sens

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Monk of Saint-Pierre-le-Vif Abbey in Sens, France. Bishop of Sens. Held his flock together and helped them survive a siege by Saracens in 725.

Born

Tonnere, France

Died

740

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ebbo-of-sens/


Saint Euthalia of Leontini

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Convert. Nun. Murdered by her own brother during the persecutions of Decius. Martyr.

Born

Sicily, Italy

Died

3rd century Leontini, Sicily

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-euthalia-of-leontini/


Saint Decuman

Also known as

Dagan

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Hermit in Somerset, England in an area that is now named Saint Decumans in his honour. Martyr.

Born

Wales

Died

706 in Saint Decumans, Somerset, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-decuman/


Saint Agilo of Sithin

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Monk at Saint Aper Abbey in Toul, France. Reforming abbot at Saint Bertin Abbey in Sithin, France where he worked to restore monastic discipline.

Died

957

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agilo-of-sithin/


Saint Anthusa the Younger

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Martyr.

Born

Persian

Died

sewn up in a sack and drowned in a well in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anthusa-the-younger/


Saint Malrubius of Merns

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Hermit in Merns, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Martyred by Norwegian invaders.

Died

c.1040

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-malrubius-of-merns/


Saint Giovanni of Pavia

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Bishop of Pavia, Lombardy, Italy from 801 to 813.

Died

813 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-giovanni-of-pavia/


Saint Carpophorus

Also known as

Carpone

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

295

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-carpophorus-2/


Saint Etherius of Lyons

Also known as

Alermius

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Bishop of Lyons, France.

Died

602

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-etherius-of-lyons/


Martyrs of Tomi

Also known as

• Martyrs of Mesia
• Martyrs of Oxyrynchus
• Martyrs of Tomis

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A group of 17 Christians imprisoned and excuted for their faith during the persecutions of Diocletian. They miraculously were unburned by fire and untouched by wild animals. We know the names and a few details on five of them - John, Mannea, Marcellinus, Peter and Serapion.

Died

• tied to stakes and burned alive; they emerged unharmed
• thrown to wild animals in the amphitheatre; the animals ignored them
• beheaded in 304 in Tomi, Mesia (modern Costanza, Romania)

Readings

Are you not ashamed to honor a man put to death and buried hundreds of years ago by order of Pontius Pilate - the governor of Tomi to the martyrs; they ignored him

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-tomi-27-august/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Buenaventura Gabika-Etxebarria Gerrikabeitia
Blessed Esteban Barrenechea Arriaga
Blessed Fernando González Añon
Blessed Francisco Euba Gorroño
Blessed Hermenegildo Iza Aregita
Blessed José María López Carrillo
Blessed Juan Antonio Salútregui Iribarren
Blessed Pedro Ibáñez Alonso
Blessed Pelayo José Granado Prieto
Blessed Plácido Camino Fernández
Blessed Quirino Díez del Blanco
Blessed Ramón Martí Soriano


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Guerrino of Zion
• Luis Suarez


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