Tuesday, February 23, 2010
23 February is the memorial of St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna and Martyr.
The Breviary says about him: Polycarp was a disciple of the apostles and bishop of Smyrna, as well as a friend of St Ignatius of Antioch. He went to Rome to confer with Pope Anicetus about the celebration of Easter. He suffered martyrdom about the year 155 by being burnt to death in the city stadium.