IN Africa, the birthday of two hundred and twenty holy martyrs.—At Tangier, in Morocco, St. Marcellus, a centurion, who endured martyrdom by being beheaded under the vice-prefect Agricolaus.—At Alexandria, in the reign of Decius, thirteen holy martyrs, who suffered with Saints Julian, Eunus and Macarius.—In the same place, St. Eutropia, martyr, who visited the martyrs, and was so cruelly tortured with them that she breathed her last.—At Cagliari, in Sardinia, St. Saturninus, martyr, who was beheaded under the governor Barbarus, during the persecution of Diocletian.—At Apamea, in Phrygia, St. Maximus, martyr, under the same Diocletian.—At Leon, in Spain, the holy martyrs Claudius, Lupercus, and Victorius, sons of the centurion St. Marcellus, who were condemned to decapitation, in the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, under the governor Diogenian.—At Ægea, in Cilicia, the martyrdom of the Saints Zenobius, bishop, and Zenobia, his sister, under the emperor Diocletian and the governor Lysias.—At Altino, St. Theonestus, bishop and martyr, who was killed by the Arians.—At Paris, St. Lucanus, martyr.—At Antioch, St. Serapion, a bishop very celebrated for his learning.—At Capua, St. Germanus, bishop and confessor, a man of great sanctity, whose soul, at the hour of death, was seen by St. Benedict taken to heaven by angels. —At Potenza, in Basilicata, St. Gerard, bishop. —At Palma, in the island of Majorca, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, a lay brother of the Society of Jesus, whom Leo XII. beatified and Leo XIII. canonized on account of his remarkable humility and constant love of mortification.
And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.
Thanks be to God.