16 April

AT Corinth, the birthday of the holy martyrs Callistus and Charisius, with seven others, who were cast into the sea.—At Saragossa, in Spain, the birthday of, eighteen holy martyrs, Optatus, Lupercus, Successus, Martial, Urbanus, Julia, Quinctilian, Pubilus, Fronto, Felix, Caecilian, Eventius, Primitivus, Apodemius, and four others, who, it is said, bore the name of Saturninus. Under Dacian, governor of Spain, they were all together subjected to torments and slain. The glory of their martyrdom has been celebrated in verse by Prudentius.—In the same place, St. Encratis, a virgin and martyr who had her body lacerated, her breasts cut off, and her liver plucked out. As she survived these torments, she was confined in a prison until her ulcerated flesh putrefied.—In the same city, the Saints Caius and Crementius, who twice confessed the faith of Christ, and persevering in it, drank of the chalice of martyrdom.—Again in the same place, the martyr St. Lambert.—At Palencia, St. Turibius, bishop of Astorga, who with the aid of pope St. Leo, drove the heresy of Priscillian entirely out of Spain, and went to rest in the Lord with a great renown for miracles. —At Braga, in Portugal, the bishop St. Fructuosus.—The same day, St. Paternus, bishop of Avranches.—In Belgium, near Valenciennes, St. Drogo, confessor.—At Siena, in Tuscany, blessed Joachim, of the Order of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary.—At Rome, the birthday of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, confessor, who was renowned for his contempt of self and his great voluntary poverty.

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

Thanks be to God.

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