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St Laurence

(d. 258)


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(d. 258),

deacon and martyr of Rome. According to tradition, on being asked to deliver up the riches of the Church, he assembled the poor and presented them to the Prefect of Rome, saying, ‘These are the treasure of the Church’; he was punished by being roasted to death on a gridiron. The story is widely rejected by modern scholars. Feast day, 10 Aug.

Subjects: Christianity.


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