Feast of the day

1st Martyrs of Rome (+ 1st century)

Friday, June 30, 2017
The FIRST MARTYRS of the CHURCH of ROME
(+ 1st century)

        The first persecution against the Church began by the Emperor Nero, after the burning of the City of Rome in 64, for which many of the faithful were tortured and slain. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified and others were fed to wild animals.

        Their death is recorded by the pagan writer, Tacitus in his Annales (15, 44), and also by Pope Clement I in his letter to the Corinthians chapters 5-6).