Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta:
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa is a Marian shrine in the village of Mellieħa in Malta. It was originally constructed in the late 16th century and contains a Byzantine-style fresco, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ on her right arm. Tradition has it that the painting was made by St Luke when he was shipwrecked on the island with St Paul. The church expanded several times to accommodate the growing population of the village and the roofed veranda is considered a classic example of 17th century Renaissance architecture. The sanctuary was blessed by St Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in May 1990.
Bl Amata of San Sisto
St Amantius of Tivoli
St Asterius of Petra
St Bardo of Mainz
Bl Bogumilus of Gniezno
St Caerealis of Tivoli
St Censurius of Auxerre
St Crispulus of Rome
Blessed Edward Johannes Maria Poppe (1890-1924)
Bl Elisabeth Hernden
Bl Elizabeth Guillen
St Evermund of Fontenay
St Faustina of Cyzicus
Bl Gerlac of Obermarchtal
St Getulius of Tivoli
Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)
St Illadan of Rathlihen
St Ithamar of Rochester
Blessed John Dominici OP (c 1355-1419)
Bl José Manuel Claramonte Agut
Bl Joseph Kugler
St Landericus of Novalese
St Landericus of Paris
Bl Mary Magdalene of Carpi
St Maurinus of Cologne
St Primitivus of Tivoli
St Restitutus of Rome
Bl Thomas Green
St Timothy of Prusa
Bl Walter Pierson
St Zachary of Nicomedia
Martyrs of North Africa – 17 saints: A group of seventeen Christians martyred together in North Africa; the only surviving details are two of their names – Aresius and Rogatius. Both the precise location in North Africa and the date are unknown.
Martyrs of the Aurelian Way – 23 saints: A group of 23 martyrs who died together in the persecutions of Aurelian. The only details that survive are three of their names – Basilides, Mandal and Tripos. c.270-275 on the Aurelian Way, Rome, Italy.
Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort/Martyrs of La Rochelle – 64 beati: In 1790 the French Revolutionary authorities passed a law requiring priests to swear allegience to the civil constitution, which would effectively remove them from the authority of and allegience to, Rome. Many refused and in 1791 the government began deporting them to French Guyana. 827 priests and religious were imprisoned on hulks (old ships no longer sea-worthy and used for storage, jails, hospitals, etc.) at Rochefort, France to await exile, most on the Deux-Associés and the Washington which had previously been used to house slaves or prisoners. There they were basically ignored to death as there was little provision for food and water, less for sanitation and none at all for medical help. 542 of the prisoners died there.
The survivors were freed on 12 February 1795 and allowed to return to their homes. Many of them wrote about their time on the hulks and many of them wrote about the faith and ministry of those who had died. 64 of them have been positively identified and confirmed to have died as martyrs, dying for their faith, they are:
• Antoine Auriel• Antoine Bannassat• Augustin-Joseph Desgardin• Barthélemy Jarrige de La Morelie de Biars• Charles-Antoine-Nicolas Ancel• Charles-Arnould Hanus• Charles-René Collas du Bignon• Claude Beguignot
• Claude Dumonet• Claude Laplace• Claude Richard• Claude-BarnabéLaurent de Mascloux• Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont• élie Leymarie de Laroche• Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac• François d’Oudinot de la Boissière
• François François• François Hunot• François Mayaudon• Gabriel Pergaud
• Georges-Edme René• Gervais-Protais Brunel• Jacques Gagnot• Jacques Lombardie• Jacques Retouret• Jacques-Morelle Dupas• Jean Baptiste Guillaume• Jean Bourdon• Jean Hunot• Jean Mopinot• Jean-Baptiste de Bruxelles• Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil• Jean-Baptiste Laborie du Vivier
• Jean-Baptiste Menestrel• Jean-Baptiste Souzy• Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal• Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir• Jean-François Jarrige de la Morelie de Breuil• Jean-Georges Rehm• Jean-Nicolas Cordier
• Joseph Imbert• Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin• Joseph Marchandon
• Lazare Tiersot• Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam• Louis-François Lebrun
• Louis-Wulphy Huppy• Marcel-Gaucher Labiche de Reignefort• Michel-Bernard Marchand• Michel-Louis Brulard• Nicolas Savouret• Nicolas Tabouillot• Noël-Hilaire Le Conte• Paul-Jean Charles• Philippe Papon• Pierre Gabilhaud• Pierre Jarrige de la Morelie de Puyredon• Pierre-Joseph le roing de la Romagère• Pierre-Michel Noël• Pierre-Sulpice-Christophe Faverge• Pierre-Yrieix Labrouhe de Laborderie• Raymond Petiniaud de Jourgnac• Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert• Sébastien-Loup Hunot.
They died between 19 May 1794 and 23 February 1795 aboard prison ships docked at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France and were beatified on
1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.