Wednesday, April 28, 2010

St. Justina of Padua (? to 304)

On my visit to Padua, Italy I devoted my time to exploring the Basilica of St. Anthony and learning more about his life and work. So, it was unfortunate that I missed the chance to go to the Basilica of St. Justina, a young woman who was martyred for refusing to pray to the Roman goddess Minerva.
St. Justina shares the title of patron saint of Padua with St. Anthony. She took a vow of chastity and was stabbed to death in 304. The remains of many saints are at her basilica including those of the Apostles St. Matthew and St. Luke. Her feast day is Oct. 7.

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