30 April

AT Rome, St. Catherine of Siena, virgin, of the Order of St. Dominic, renowned for her life and miracles. She was inscribed among the canonized virgins by Pius II.—At Lambesa, in Numidia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Marian, lector, and James, deacon. The former, after having successfully endured vexations for the confession of Christ, in the persecution of Decius, was again arrested with his illustrious companion, and both being subjected to severe and cruel torments, during which they were twice miraculously comforted from heaven, finally fell by the sword with many others.—At Saintes, blessed Eutropius, bishop and martyr, who was consecrated bishop and sent to Gaul by St. Clement. After preaching for many years, he had his skull crushed for bearing testimony to Christ, and thus gained a victory by his death.—At Cordova, the holy martyrs Amator, priest, Peter, monk, and Lewis.—At Novara, the martyrdom of the holy priest Lawrence, and some boys, whom he was educating.—At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Aphrodisius, priest, and thirty others.—At Ephesus, St. Maximus, martyr, who was crowned in the persecution of Decius.—At Fermo, in the Marches, St. Sophia, virgin and martyr.—At Naples, in Campania, St. Severus, bishop, who, among other prodigies, raised for a short time a dead man from the grave, in order to convict of falsehood the lying creditor of a widow and her children.—At Evorea, in Epirus, St. Donatus, a bishop, who was eminent for sanctity in the time of the emperor Theodosius.— At London, in England, St. Erconwald, a bishop celebrated for many miracles.

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

Thanks be to God.

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