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St. JuliusFeastday: April 12

From catholic.org

Saint Julius was the son of a Roman named Rusticus. He was elected Pope to succeed Pope St. Mark on February 6, 337. He was soon involved in the Arian controversy when Eusebius of Nicomedia opposed the return of Athanasius to the See of Alexandria in 338. Eusebius and his followers elected George, whereupon the Arians elected Pistus.

Saint Julius convened a synod in Rome in 340 or 341 that neither group attended, and in a letter to the Eusebian bishops, Julius declared that Athanasius was the rightful bishop of Alexandria and reinstated him. The matter was not finally settled until the Council of Sardica (Sofia), summoned by emperors Constans and Constantius in 342 or 343, declared Julius’ action correct and that any deposed bishop had the right of appeal to the Pope in Rome.

Saint Julius built several basilicas and churches in Rome and died there on April 12.

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St. ThomaisFeastday: April 14

Died: 476

Saint Thomais was an Egyptian martyr who was born and brought up in Alexandria. At fifteen she married a fisherman and moved to live with his family. She was an ardent Christian who was murdered by her father-in-law for refusing his unwanted and illicit attentions.

One day when her husband had went out fishing, her father-in-law tried to lead her into temptation out of lust for her. When she refused him with the teachings of the Bible, he threatened to cut her head off which she accepted willfully refusing to stay away from God’s teachings.

She was burried in a tomb in the monastries cememtry at the instruction of Saint Daniel of Skete. She is prayed to for deliverance from sexual impurity and to avoid temptations and lust.

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Feastday: November 25

St. Catherine of Alexandria(282-305) was Virgin and Martyr. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt to a noble family. Her father wad the pagan King Costus and mother Queen Sabinella, who governed Alexandria.

Though raised a pagan, she became an ardent Christian in her teenage years, having received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. It is believed that she converted to Christianity through the vision.

The Royal Emperor Maxentius offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny her Faith. Her refusal landed her in prison. While in prison, and while Maxentius was away, Catherine converted Maxentius’ wife and two hundred of his soldiers to Chirstianity. He had them all put to death. Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded.

She is venerated as the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine’s was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc. Her feastday is November 25.

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