Protomartyrs of Rome; St Basilides

June 30
by EWTN | Source: www.ewtn.com/SaintsHoly
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Protomartyrs of Rome

Many martyrs who suffered death under Emperor Nero (r. 54-68). Owing to their executions durin the reign of Nero, they are called the Neronian Martyrs, and they are also termed "the Protomartys of Rome," being honored by the site in the Vatican City called the Piazza of the Protomartyrs. These early Christians were disciples of the Apostles, and they endured hideous tortures and ghastly deaths following the burning of Rome in the infamous fire of 62. Their dignity in suffering, and their fervor to the end, did not provide Nero or the Romans with the public diversion desired. Instead, the faith was firmly planted in the Eternal City.



To read more about the Saint go to:

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome





Other Saints of the day:

Saint Basilides





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