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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73).  Volume VII: July.
The Lives of the Saints.  1866.
 
July 29
SS. Simplicius and Faustinus, Brothers, and Beatrice, Their Sister, Martyrs
 
THE TWO brothers were cruelly tormented, and at length beheaded at Rome in the persecution of Diocletian, in the year 303. Their sister Beatrice took up their bodies out of the Tiber, and gave them burial. She lay herself concealed seven months in the house of a virtuous widow called Lucina, with whom she spent her time, night and day in fervent prayer, and in the exercise of other good works. She was discovered and impeached by a pagan kinsman, who designed to possess himself of her estate, which was contiguous to his own; she resolutely protested to the judge that she would never adore gods of wood and stone, and was strangled by his order in prison the night following. Lucina buried her body near her brothers on the side of the highway to Porto, in the cemetery called Ad Ursum Pileatum. Pope Leo translated their relics into a church which he built to their honour in the city; they now lie in that of St. Mary Major.  1
  With them is commemorated St. Felix, pope and martyr, whose name is found in the Martyrologies on this day.  2
 
 
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