12 April

AT Verona, the matryrdom of the bishop St. Zeno, who governed. that Church, with great fortitude amidst, the storms of persecution, and was crowned with martyrdom in the days of Gallienus.—In Cappadocia, in the reign of the emperor Valens, in the persecution raised against Christians by Athanaric, king of the Goths, St. Sabas, a Goth, who was cast into a river after undergoing cruel torments. According to St. Augustine, many other Christian Goths were at that time adorned with the crown of martyrdom.—At Braga, in Portugal, St. Victor, martyr, who although only a catechumen, refused to adore an idol, and confessed Jesus Christ with great constancy. After suffering many tortures, he was beheaded, and thus merited to be baptized in his own blood.—At Fermo, in the Marches, St. Vissia, virgin and martyr.—At Rome, on the Aurelian road, the birthday of pope St. Julius, who combated vigorously for the Catholic faith against the Arians. After a life of brilliant deeds and great sanctity, he rested in peace.—At Gap, St. Constantine, bishop and confessor.—At Pavia, St. Damian, bishop.

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

Thanks be to God.

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