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Feastday: August 13
Patron of Imola, Mexico City, schoolteachers, shorthand-writers, parish clerks.
Death: 363

Martyr of Imola, near modern Ravenna, Italy. He was a teacher arrested for being a Christian. His students were invited to hack him to death when he refused to deny Christ. Prudentius recorded Cassian's grisly martyrdom, noting that the students could not wield mortal blows, thus prolonging the martyr's agony. His cult is confined to local calendars.


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