Saturday, August 14, 2010

also on this day...

... According to the Roman Martyrology, today, August 14, the Church remembers and venerates “... the approximately eight hundred martyrs of Otranto, in Puglia, pressured to renounce the faith after the crushing assault of the Ottoman soldiers. They were exhorted by blessed Antonio Primaldo, an elderly tailor, to persevere in Christ, and thus through decapitation they obtained the crown of martyrdom.” [more here]

pictured; Otranto Cathedral with reliquaries behind the high altar containing the 800 skulls from the severed heads of the Puglian Catholics martyrs.

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