Daily Martyrology for February 25

At Heidenheim, in 779, St. Walburga, abbess. She was a nun at the double monastery of Wimborne. St. Boniface, her uncle, invited her and her brothers to join him as monk-missionaries in Germany. She spent two years at Tauberbischofsheim under St. Lioba, then joined her brother Winnibald as superior at the monastery of Heidenheim. Boniface appointed their brother Willibald first bishop of Eichstätt, where both he and Walburga were eventually interred.

At Engelberg, around 1131, the death of St. Adelhelm, who was the leader of the founding monks who came there from the monastery of Muri. He became the first abbot of Engelberg.

In 1930, in China, the martyrdom of the Salesians Blessed Aloysius Versaglia, bishop, and Callistus Caravario, priest. They were zealous and tireless missionaries. While traveling by boat with a group of women, they were attacked by Communist mercenaries. The two missionaries tried to protect the women and were bludgeoned to death.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.