14 May

THE birthday of the holy martyr Boniface, who suffered at Tarsus, in Cilicia, under Diocletian and Maximian. His body was subsequently carried to Rome, and buried on the Latin road.—In France, St. Pontius, martyr. Having by his preaching and his zeal converted to the faith of Christ the two Caesar Philip, he obtained the palm of martyrdom under the emperors Valerian and Gallienus.—In Syria, the holy martyrs Victor and Corona, under the emperor Antoninus. Victor was subjected to various horrible torments by the judge Sebastian. As Corona, the wife of a certain soldier, was proclaiming him happy for his fortitude in his sufferings, she saw two crowns falling from heaven, one for Victor, the other for herself. She related this to all present, and was torn to pieces between two trees; Victor was beheaded.—In Sardinia, the holy martyrs Justa, Justina, and Henedina.—At Rome, pope St. Paschal, who took up from the crypts many bodies of the holy martyrs, and placed them honorably in various churches.—At Ferentino, in Tuscany, the holy bishop Boniface, who was renowned from his childhood for holiness and miracles, as is related by the blessed pope Gregory.—At Naples, in Campania, St. Pomponius, bishop.—In Egypt, St. Pachomius, an abbot, who erected many monasteries in that country, and wrote a monastic rule, which was dictated to him by an angel.

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

Thanks be to God.

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