6 April

AT Rome, the birthday of blessed Sixtus, pope and martyr, who governed the Church in the time of the emperor Adrian. Under Antoninus Pius, he joyfully endured a corporal death in order to gain Christ.—In Macedonia, the holy martyrs Timothy and Diogenes.—In Persia, one hundred and twenty holy martyrs.—At Ascalon, the holy martyrs Platonides and two others.—At Carthage, St. Marcellin, who was slain by the heretics for defending the Catholic faith.—At Rome, pope St. Celestin, who condemned Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, and put Pelagius to flight. It was also by his authority, that the holy ecumenical Synod of Ephesus was convoked against Nestorius.—In Ireland, the holy bishop Celsus, who preceded blessed Malachy in the episcopate.—In Denmark, St. William, an abbot renowned for his saintly life and miracles.

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

Thanks be to God.

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