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Agatha (Nurse)

Memorial: February 5

Agatha (of Siciliy) was a young, beautiful and rich and lived a life consecrated to God. After Decius announced the edicts against Christians, the magistrate Quinctianus tried to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her. She was handed over to a brothel and refused to accept customers.  After rejecting Quinctianus’s advances, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and her breasts were crushed and cut off. She told Quinctianus, “Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?” She was then imprisoned again, then rolled on hot coals,  When Agatha was dying, an earthquake stuck crushing a friend of the magistrate.  The magistrate fled. Agatha thanked God for an end to her pain, and died.

Patron of nurses, those with breast cancer and rape victims.

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