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St. Apollonia endured torture, martyrdom for Christ

St. Apollonia was a holy virgin who suffered martyrdom in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians in the early third century. Her martyrdom came just before the persecution of Decius (248-249). During festivities commemorating the founding of the Roman Empire, a mob began attacking Christians. The great Dionysius, then bishop of Alexandria (247-265),…

Mary’s Immaculate Conception a model and invitation to grace

In the conclusion of his letter, Archbishop Vigneron asks local Catholics to call on our “heavenly partners” in prayer for the new evangelization. For the duration of this section, our “Know Your Saints” column will be known as “Prayer Partners.” In 1854, Pope Pius IX’s solemn declaration, “Ineffabilis Deus,” clarified with finality the long-held belief…