The groups of Christians who perished during cruel persecutions in the Eternal City.
(date unknown) A group of 262 martyrs; details of their suffering are not extant. Feastday: March 25 (date unknown) A second group of 262 martyrs buried on the Via Salaria. Feastday: June 17 (d.c. 67) Forty-seven martyrs baptized by St. Peter. They also suffered under Nero and they are listed in early Acts. Feastday: March 14 (d. 68) Three Roman soldiers converted by the profound and moving experience of witnessing St. Paul’s martyrdom. For the crime of converting, they were condemned and executed. Feastday: July 2 (d.c. 115) A group baptized by Pope St. Alexander I. They were taken to Ostia and put on a vessel that was sent out to sea and then deliberately sunk. Feastday: April 10 (d. 219) A large group of martyrs slain under Emperor Severus Alexander and the prefect Ulpian. Feastday: March 2 (d. 250) Ten soldiers of Rome martyred on the Via Lavicana in Rome under Emperor Gallienus. Feastday: February 10 (d. 260) Nine hundred martyrs buried in the catacombs of Callistus on the Appian Way. Feastday: March 4 (d. 262) Forty Roman soldiers who suffered on the Via Lavicana under Emperor Gallienus. Feastday: January 13 (d. 269) Two hundred and sixty martyrs ordered to dig sand on the Via Salaria by Emperor Diocletian before being shot to death with arrows in a Roman arena. Feastday: March 1 (d. 269) Forty-six soldiers and 121 Christian citizens martyred by the Roman government under Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. Feastday: October 25 (d. 274) One hundred sixty-five martyrs who died in Rome. Feastday: August 10 (d. 303) Twenty-three martyrs who suffered on the Via Salaria. Feastday: August 5 (d. 303) A group of thirty martyrs buried “between the two laurels” on the Via Lavicana, martyred by Emperor Diocletian. Feastday: December22 (d.c. 303) Many martyrs who suffered because they refused to surrender the Scriptures to the Roman authorities. Feastday: January 2 (d.c. 304) Thirty martyrs, all soldiers, who suffered under Emperor Diocletian. Feastday: January 1
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
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