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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Apollinaris of Ravenna, Bishop, Martyr
Today we commemorate Apollinaris. Apollinaris was the first bishop of Ravenna. He was faithful shepherd and faced nearly constant persecution. He and his flock were exiled from Ravenna during the persecutions of Emperor Vespasian. On his way out of the city he was identified, arrested as being the leader, tortured and martyred by being run through with a sword.