Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The First Martyrs of the See of Rome

30 June is the memorial of The First Martyrs of the See of Rome. We do not know the names of those martyrs, nor do we know their number. The breviary entry for today says about them:
In the first persecution against the Church, that of the Emperor Nero, after the City of Rome had been burnt in the year 64, many of the faithful suffered death after terrible tortures. Testimony to their deaths is found in the writings of the pagan Tacitus (Annales, 15, 44) as well as in the letter to the Corinthians of Pope Saint Clement (cap. 5-6)