In 444, in Alexandria, St. Cyril, bishop and doctor. Cyril succeeded his uncle, Theophilus, as bishop of Constantinople. He was a vigorous, even heavy-handed, supporter of orthodoxy. He presided at the Council of Ephesus, which condemned the Christological views of Nestorius.
In 1066, St. George of the Black Mountain, monk. He spent time in several monasteries, and lived on Mount Athos. His great work was to translate the Bible and the Greek theological heritage into his native Georgian language.
In Cambrai, France, in 1794, Blessed Madeleine Fontaine and three companions. These four members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were arrested when they refused to take the oath demanded by the Revolutionary Convention. They were condemned to the guillotine during the Terror, a month before Robespierre and two months before Joseph Lebon, who supervised their condemnation and execution, were themselves sentenced to die.
In 1879, at La Pierraz, Switzerand, Blessed Marguerite Bays. A dressmaker, she spent her entire life in the parish where she lived. She was miraculously healed from cancer at the moment Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Later she received the stigmata.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.