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St. Peter Martyr

Saint Peter of Verona

Martyr

Peter was born in Verona in the year of Our Lord 1205. His parents were Manichaean heretics known as Albigensians, or Cathars. Despite this, Peter was sent to a Catholic school, and then to the University of Bologna. Here he met St. Dominic, great nemesis of the Cathar heresy, and at a young age Peter took the habit of the Order of Preachers. He became a priest, and preached throughout Italy, working public miracles and serving as an inquisitor under Popes Gregory IX and Innocent IV. Peter was so effective in converting the Cathars that several of their leaders resolved to assassinate him. In the year of Our Lord 1252, Peter was accosted on the road to Milan by a Cathar named Carino and an accomplice. Carino struck the saint in the head with an axe, and mortally wounded his companion friar. Peter, half-dead, rose to his knees and began to recite the creed, writing the first few words on the ground in his own blood. Infuriated, Carino gave Peter his death-blow. Yet Carino repented of his crime soon after, and later died a holy death in the habit of a Dominican lay-brother. Countless miracles at Peter’s tomb ensured his canonization just a year after his murder.

 

Traditional Roman Martyrology for April 29th

AT Milan, St. Peter, martyr, of the Order of Preachers, slain by the heretics for the Catholic faith.

At Paphos, in Cyprus, St. Tychicus, a disciple of the blessed apostle Paul, who called him in his epistles most dear brother, faithful minister, and fellow-servant in the Lord.

At Cirtha, in Numidia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Agapius and Secundinus, bishops, who, after a long exile in that city, added to the glory of their priesthood the crown of martyrdom. They suffered in the persecution of Valerian, during which the enraged Gentiles made every effort to shake the faith of the just. In their company, suffered Aemilian, soldier, Tertulla and Antonia, consecrated virgin, and a woman with her twin children.

The same day, seven robbers, who, being converted to Christ by St. Jason, attained to eternal life by martyrdom.

At Brescia, St. Paulinus, bishop and confessor.

In the monastery of Cluny, the abbot St. Hugh.

In the monastery of Molesmes, St. Robert, first abbot of the Cistercians.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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