March 2017 - Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Photos: Catholic News Service Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Photos: Catholic News Service
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

Young women martyred by a gladiator

Died 203
Feast: March 7

Martyrs in Carthage, now in Tunisia, these young women — the noblewoman Perpetua and the slave Felicity — were among five catechumens who, after refusing to worship the Roman emperor, were arrested and condemned to be thrown to wild beasts. They were baptized in prison, where Felicity also gave birth to a daughter. In the Carthage arena, they were attacked by a beast, which did not kill them, so their throats were cut by a gladiator.

- Catholic News Service

Northwest Catholic - March 2017