Daily Martyrology for August 7

In 258, at Rome, during the persecution of Valerian, Pope Sixtus II and his companions, martyrs.

In Augsburg, in 304, St. Afra, martyr.

In 1547, in Naples, St. Cajetan. He was born in Vicenza, and studied theology and law at Padua. He became a priest and founded oratories dedicated to service of the incurably ill. Together with John Peter Caraffa, later Pope Paul IV, he founded the Theatine Order, which aimed to renew priestly ministry.

In 1638, Blessed Agathangelo and Blessed Cassian, martyrs. They were Capuchin missionaries who sought to reconcile the Coptic church to Rome.

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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.