16 June

AT Besancon, in France, the holy martyrs Ferreol, priest, and Ferrution, deacon, who were sent by the blessed bishop Irenaeus to preach the word of God, and after being exposed to various torments under the judge Claudius, were put to the sword.— At Tarsus, in Cilicia, in the reign of the emperor Diocletian, the holy martyrs Quiricus, and Julitta, his mother. Quiricus, a child of three years, seeing his mother cruelly scourged in the presence of the governor Alexander, and crying bitterly, was killed by being dashed against the steps of the tribunal. Julitta, after being subjected to severe stripes and grievous torments, closed the career of her martyrdom by decapitation.—At Mayence, the passion of the Saints Aurens, and Justina, his sister, and other martyrs, who, being at Mass in the church, were massacred by the Huns then devastating Germany.—At Amathonte, in Cyprus, St. Tychon, a bishop in the time of Theodosius the Younger.—At Lyons, the demise of blessed Aurelian, bishop of Arles.—At Nantes, in Brittany, St. Similian, bishop and confessor.—At Meissen, in Germany, St. Benno, bishop. —In the village of La Louvesc, formerly of the diocese of Vienne in Dauphiny, the decease of St. John Francis Regis, confessor, of the Society of Jesus, distinguished by his zeal for the salvation of souls, and by his patience. He was placed on the list of Saints by Clement XII.—In Brabant, St. Lutgard, virgin.

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

Thanks be to God.

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