28 March

ST. JOHN of Capistran, confessor, who is mentioned on the 23d of October.—At Caesarea, in Palestine, the birthday of the holy martyrs Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander. In the persecution of Valerian, they were dwelling in the suburbs of Caesarea, but knowing that in the city the heavenly crown of martyrdom was to be gained, and burning with the divine ardor of faith, they go to the judge of their own accord, rebuke him, for shedding the blood of the faithful in torrents, and are forthwith condemned to be devoured by beasts for the name of Christ.—At Tarsus, in Cilicia, the holy martyrs Castor and Dorotheus.—In Africa, the holy martyrs Rogatus, Successus, and sixteen others.—At Rome, St. Xystus III., pope and confessor.—At Norcia, the abbot St. Speus, a man of extraordinary patience, whose soul at its departure from this life was seen by all his brethren to ascend to heaven in the shape of a dove.—At Chalons, in France, the demise of St. Gontram, king, who devoted himself to exercises of piety, renounced the pomps of the world, and bestowed his treasures on churches and the poor.

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

Thanks be to God.

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