18 September

AT Osimo, St. Joseph of Cupertino, confessor of the Order of the Minorites Conventual, who was placed among the Saints by Clement XIII.—The same day, the birthday of St. Methodius, bishop of Olympius in Lycia, and afterwards of Tyre, most renowned for eloquence and learning. St. Jerome says that he won the martyr's crown at Chalcis, in Greece, at the end of the last persecution.—In the diocese of Vienne, the holy martyr Ferreol, a tribune, who was arrested by order of the impious governor Crispinus, most cruelly scourged, then loaded with heavy chains, and cast into a dark dungeon. A miracle having broken his bonds, and opened the doors of the prison, he made his escape, but being taken again by his pursuers, he received the palm of martyrdom by being beheaded.—Also, the Saints Sophia and Irene, martyrs.—At Milan, St. Eustorgius, first bishop of that city, highly commended by blessed Ambrose.—At Gortyna, in Crete, St. Eumenus, bishop and confessor.

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

Thanks be to God.

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