Madonna di Porto Salvo / Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Lampedusa, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (1843) AND Memorials of the Saints – 22 September

Madonna di Porto Salvo / Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Lampedusa, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (1843) – 22 September:

St Thomas of Villanueva/Villanova OSA (1488-1555) Archbishop, Confessor, Religious Priest of the Order of St Augustine,Writer, Preacher, Teacher, Apostle of Charity, Mystic, Miracle-Worker often called “the Almsgiver” and “the Father of the Poor“, Reformer. Canonised on 1 November 1658 by Pope Alexander VII.
About St Thomas here:

St Maurice & Companions (also + below)

Bl Alfonso da Cusco
St Basilia
St Digna of Rome
St Emerita of Rome
St Emmeramus
St Florentius the Venerable
Bl Giovanni Battista Bonetti

St Gunthildis of Suffersheim (Died c 1057) Laywoman

St Irais
St Jonas
St Lauto of Coutances
St Lindru of Partois
Bl Otto of Freising
St Sadalberga
St Sanctinus of Meaux
St Septimius of Jesi (Died c 307) Bishop, Confessor, Martyr
St Sigfrid of Wearmouth
St Silvanus of Levroux
St Symphorian

Martyrs of the Theban Legion: + Martyrs (c 287)
A Roman imperial legion of 6,600 soldiers, all of whom were Christians; they had been recruited from the area around Thebes in Upper Egypt, were led by Saint Maurice and served under Emperor Maximian Herculeus. Around the year 287, Maximian led the army across the Alps to Agaunum, an area in modern Switzerland, in order to suppress a revolt by the Bagandre in Gaul. In connection with battle, the army offered public sacrifices to the Roman gods; the Theban Legion refused to participate. For refusing orders, the Legion was decimated – one tenth of them were executed. When the remainder refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were decimated again. When the survivors still refused to sacrifice, Maximinian ordered them all killed. Martyrs.
Known members of the Legion include:
Alexander of Bergamo
Candidus the Theban
Chiaffredo of Saluzzo
Innocent of Agaunum
Secundus the Theban
Ursus the Theban
Victor of Agaunum
Victor of Xanten
Victor the Theban
Vitalis of Agaunum
Other profiled Saints associated with the Legion include:
Antoninus of Piacenza (martyred soldier; associated by later story tellers)
Adventor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
Cassius (may have been a member)
Florentius the Martyr (may have been a member)
George of San Giorio (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
Gereon (not a member, but another soldier who was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Roman gods)
Octavius of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
Pons of Pradleves (escaped the massacre to become an evangelists in northern Italy)
Secundus of Asti (not a member but linked due to art work)
Solutor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
Tiberio of Pinerolo (may have been a member)
Verena (wife of a member of the Legion)
They were Martyred c 287 in Agaunum (modern Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, Switzerland. A Basilica was built in Agaunum to enshrine the relics of the Legion.
The full story:



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