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Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Born in 315 in Jerusalem, or in the surrounding areas, Cyril received a fine literary formation that became the basis of his ecclesiastical knowledge through the study of the Bible. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Maximus. When Maximus died and was buried, in 348, Cyril was ordained a bishop by Acacius, the influential metropolitan of Caesarea in Palestine, a follower of Arius who was convinced he had an ally in Cyril. Hence, Cyril was suspected to have received the episcopal nomination through concessions given to Arianism.

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Forty martyrs of Sebaste

It was a cold night in the camp of Sebaste. Forty young people in their twenties, belonging to the Twelfth Legion, well-known as the Fulminata, waited impatiently for the news. After having been faithful to their beliefs and not having given in to apostasy like so many others, they were persecuted by the Roman Emperor Licinius. In spite of this, these forty soldiers affirmed that no torment would separate them from their religion.

 

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