Martyrs of Utica

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A group of early African martyrs of uncertain date who suffered at the Massa Candida (‘White Farm’). The name of the place, misunderstood as ‘White Lump’, gave rise to the legend that they were thrown alive into slaking quicklime and their bodies reduced to a mass of white powder. According to St Augustine, the massacre took place at Utica, 35 miles from Carthage. Feast day, 24 Aug.

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