Ss. Rufina & Secunda, Virgin Martyrs, at Rome


Commemorated on July 10

Ss. Rufina and Secunda were born in the third century to a Roman senator named Asterius. They were both engaged to be married, but their fiancées, Armentarius and Verinus, who were also Christians, renounced their faith when Emperor Valerian began his persecutions.

Escaping to Etruria in 257, Rufina and Secunda were captured and brought before a prefect, who tortured and then beheaded them.

Their bodies were buried on the Aurelia Way in Rome, and the Church of Sante Rufina was built in their honor.

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