John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: October 17

Ten Christian martyrs:

  1. Ignatius of Antioch (eaten by lions in the Flavian Amphitheatre for promoting Christianity throughout the Roman empire)
  2. Romanus of Caesarea (tortured and strangled for beng deacon of the Christian church at Antioch)
  3. Mary Dyer (hanged in Boston for being a Quaker)
  4. Saint Apollonia (burned to death for refusing to repeat impious words)
  5. George Wishart (burned at the stake for denouncing the Papacy)
  6. James Hannington (stabbed to death with spears for preaching Christianity to Ugandan natives)
  7. Saint Quiricus (thrown down a flight of stairs, or beheaded, for testifying to his faith before the governor of Tarsus)
  8. St. Jean de Brébeuf (tortured, mutilated, and burned to death for preaching Christianity to the Hurons)
  9. Máel Ruba (killed by Vikings while performing missionary work in the Scottish Highlands)
  10. Robert Southwell (hanged at Tyburn for practicing Catholicism in Protestant England)

Today is the Roman Catholic Feast day of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Being eaten by lions strikes me as a rather unpleasant way to die, though of course I understand (from both The Colbert Report and The Gashleycrumb Tinies) that bears are the real threat.


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