Daily Martyrology for September 23

At Rome, St. Linus, who tradition says was the first bishop of Rome. He is mentioned after Peter and Paul in the First Eucharistic Prayer.

At Iona, in Scotland, St. Adomnán, abbot. He provided refuge to King Oswiu of Northumbria and became his friend. He tried to convince the monks of Iona to adopt the Roman date of Easter. In the Synod of Birr, in 697, he was responsible for the promulgation of a law protecting women and children in time of war. He wrote a Life of St. Columba and a book On the Holy Places of Palestine.

In 1527 and 1529, Sts. Christopher, Antony and John, three young Indian boys in Mexico who became Christians and were murdered by Indians hostile to Christian missionary efforts.

In 1940, in Kraków, Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska. She joined the Albertines Sisters, whose founder, St. Albert Chmielowski, made her their leader when she was twenty-four. She held that position for thirty-eight years.

In 1968, St. Pius of Pietrelcina, known as Padre Pio. He was born near Naples, joined the Capuchins as a young man and became a priest. Not long afterward he began to feel the pains of the stigmata. He was a controversial figure; the offerings his fame brought him were used to construct a hospital to relieve the suffering of the sick.

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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.