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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

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In 64 A.D. an intentionally set fire killed a large number of Christians. During the reign of Nero the number of Christians to be martyred continued to grow. We know from Tacitus that the Christians were thrown to wild animals and burned at the stake as human torches. St. Jerome lists 979 martyrs in his Martyrology. The feast began to be celebrated in Rome in 1923 and universally in 1969.

First Martyrs