A martyr for the cause of venerating icons. During the period in the eighth century when several Byzantine Emperors implemented iconoclastic policies, forbidding the revering of icons, Paul was arrested and brought before local officials on the charge of opposing the decree. When he refused to desecrate a crucifix, he was tortured and then burned to death.
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became ... continue reading
By F. K. Bartels