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Feastday: March 19

Death: 303


Roman martyr and senator. According to tradition, he was a respected member of the imperial court surrounding co-Emperor Maximian. When, in 303, the order for the persecution of Christians was given, Pancharius either denied the Christian faith or perhaps found a way to hide his Christian membership. However, when he received an encouraging letter from his mother and sister, he came forward and proclaimed his fidelity to Christ. He was seized and beheaded at Nicomedia.


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