13 February

AT Antioch, the holy prophet Agabus, of whom mention is made by St. Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles.—At Ravenna, in the time of the emperor Decius, and the governor Quinctian, the Saints Fusca, virgin, and her nurse, Maura, who endured many afflictions, were transpierced with a sword, and thus ended their martyrdom.—At Meletine, in Armenia, in the persecution of the same Decius, St. Polyeuctus, martyr, who, after many sufferings, obtained the crown of martyrdom.—At Lyons, St. Julian, martyr.—At Todi, St. Benignus, martyr.— At Rome, pope St. Gregory II., who strenuously opposed the impiety of Leo the Isaurian, and sent St. Boniface to preach the Gospel in Germany.—At Angers, the demise of the holy bishop Lucinius, a man venerable for his sanctity.—At Lyons, St. Stephen, bishop and confessor.—At Rieti, the abbot St. Stephen, a man of wonderful patience, at whose death, as is related by the blessed pope Gregory, the holy angels were present and visible to all.—At Prato, in Tuscany, St. Catharine de Ricci, a Florentine virgin, of the Order of St. Dominic, replenished with heavenly gifts, whom pope Benedict XIV. inscribed on the catalogue of holy virgins. She died rich in virtues and merits on the 2d of this month, but her festival is celebrated on this day.

And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.

Thanks be to God.

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