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Temple of All the Martyrs in Rome | by Lawrence OP
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Temple of All the Martyrs in Rome

The Pantheon was the first temple in Rome to be converted into a church in 609, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs. On the day of its dedication, it was said that 28 wagonloads of relics of Roman martyrs from the catacombs were brought here for reburial.


Today's memorial (30 June) is in honour of the nameless followers of Christ brutally killed by the Emperor Nero as scapegoats for the fire in Rome. The pagan historian Tacitus and St. Clement of Rome tell of a night of horror (August 15, 64 A.D.) when in the imperial parks Christians were put into animal skins and hunted, were brutally attacked, and were made into living torches to light the road for Nero's chariot.


May the martyrs pray for us.

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Taken on October 1, 2010