Primus and his younger brother Felician, the sons of a Roman nobleman, were converts to Christianity who devoted themselves to corporal works of mercy. They frequented the prisons, visiting their fellow Christians imprisoned for their faith by the pagan Roman authorities. Eventually the two brothers were themselves apprehended. After refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, the two were scourged. As this failed to shake their profession of the faith, they were tortured a second time. Primus was then beheaded, after which his brother was told the falsehood that Primus had apostatized. Recognizing this as a lie, Felician remained steadfast, and suffered martyrdom that same day.
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier