St. Agnes

Today the church marks the day when Agnes, a thirteen year old girl, was killed in the Roman Coliseum in 302.  It’s hard to believe that once upon a time killing Christians for entertainment was debated in the same way abortion is debated today.  But it was, and by the beginning of the fourth century a majority of Romans were Christians.  The killing of Agnes was the event that stirred a public outcry and eventually ended the official Christian persecution.  In a generation crucifixion would be outlawed as an inhumane form of punishment.  Because of this watershed moment, Agnes is remembered in the Roman Canon on the mass.

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