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St. Maurice, Egypt
This Christian leader of the Roman Theban Legion was executed for refusing to follow Emperor Maximian's order to make sacrifices to the gods to help secure a victory in battle.
St. Augustine of Hippo, Algeria
One of the original four doctors of the Church, he led a sinful life until he experienced conversion and embraced the Christian faith. He gave his belongings to the poor and became a priest and then a bishop. His writings are famous and still widely read today.
St. Isidore of Chios, Egypt
The Roman naval officer professed his faith to his commander while on the Greek island of Chios. He was beheaded for refusing to recant his beliefs.
St. Cassian of Tangier
During the trial of St. Marcellus, when Cassian the court stenographer heard the death penalty being read out, he declared himself a Christian too, and paid for it with his life.
St. Cyprian of Carthage, now Tunisia
The hieromartyr was only baptized into the Church at 46. He quickly became bishop of Carthage, overseeing a plague and religious conflicts. Forced into exile, he willingly returned to Carthage to face martyrdom.
St. Felix of Hadrumetum, Tunisia
A Catholic bishop who died in the 5th century during the Christian persecutions of Genseric, the king of the Vandals.
St. Lucius of Cyrene, Libya
Believed to be the first bishop of Cyrene and a founder of the Antioch church, he is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles.
St. Kaleb of Ethiopia, who lived in Egypt
This wise 6th-century king was highly regarded by his people. After fighting on behalf of the Catholic Church, he instructed his son in faith and matters of state. He then abdicated and retreated to live his days in a monastery.
St. Pambo, Egypt
As a founder of the desert fathers, this 4th-century Egyptian and disciple of St. Anthony shared his wisdom with many prominent people of the time and encouraged others to lead an ascetical life.
St. Anthony the Great, Egypt
Deemed the father of Christian monasticism, Anthony spent years in solitude on a mountain where he battled against the temptations of the devil, which later became the subject of many works of literature and the arts.
St. Charles Lwanga, Uganda
The Church's growth in 19th-century Uganda came to a halt under King Mwanga II, who ordered the deaths of his court pages who had embraced Christ and refused to renounce their faith. Burned at the stake, Lwanga shouted, "My God" as flames reached his heart.
St. Denis Ssebuggwawo, Uganda
Another of the 22 Ugandan martyrs, the personal page to King Mwanga II was steadfast in his newfound faith. As a result he was tortured, beheaded, and chopped into pieces at just 16 years of age.
St. Noe Mawaggali, Uganda
The devout potter walked 42 miles each week to attend Mass. He was savagely killed by dogs when Mwanga's men went looking for Christians and Noe Mawaggali stepped out to declare his faith, helping to give fellow Christians a chance to escape.
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Egypt
The 5th-century bishop and patriarch of Alexandria went up against Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople, who had declared that Mary was not the mother of God -- forcing Cyril into exile. The clarity and reasoning in his writings led him to be declared a doctor of the Church.
St. Moses the Black of Ethiopia, who lived in Egypt
This 4th-century murderer and robber turned his life around when he joined the desert fathers. Although physically strong, the monk went through years of spiritual struggles before joining the priesthood. At age 75, he was killed by a gang of robbers while defending the monastery.
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