Daily Martyrology for August 21

In Rome, in 1914, St. Pius X. He was a kind and simple man. On the one hand, his papacy introduced innovative reforms affecting the liturgy and began the codification of canon law; he founded the Biblical Institute in Rome. On the other hand, he was deeply suspicious of new movements in theology and biblical studies, and of democratic forms of secular government, which he condemned as “modernism".

In 480, at Clermont in the Auvergne, Sidonius Apollinaris. He was from an aristocratic Gallo-Roman family, received a classical education and married. He spent some time in the court of the Emperor in Rome, where he was both an official and a writer of occasional verse. In 469 he was appointed bishop of Clermont-Ferrand. He was a conscientious bishop, gave much of his property to charity, and defended his people against the Visigoths.

In 1894, in Madagascar, Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo.. She was born into a powerful family in Madagascar. Victoria went to a mission school and requested baptism when she was fifteen. She was married to the son of an important official; he was not a good husband, but she stayed with him. She protected and encouraged Catholics during persecutions and was active in helping prisoners and the poor.

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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.