Daily Martyrology for August 12

About 732, at Lérins, St. Procarius and companions, martyrs. When the Saracens were coming to devastate the island, he used the available boats to save boys studying in the school and the younger monks. Most of those who remained on the island were murdered by the Saracens.

In 1689, Blessed Innocent XI, pope. He was born in Como, became cardinal in 1645, and was elected pope in 1676, when he was sixty-five. He quarreled with Louis XIV over the French crown’s interference with the appointment of bishops and the French king’s decision to revoke the Edict of Nantes and persecute Protestants. He condemned the Quietism of Miguel de Molinos. Throughout his life, he lived simply and was firm in opposing error and ecclesiastical ambition.

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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.