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Vitus, Saint
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Feast day Jun 15. Churches dedicated to St. Vitus (Patrocinia) are attested since the 6th century. A legendary 7th-century vita identifies him as a martyr during the persecution under Diocletian (Persecutions of Christians: I). The Sicilian youth, accompanied by his tutor Modestus and his foster mother Crescentia, fled to Lucania to escape his father, who wanted to force him to apostatize. After performing miracles, he was tortured by the emperor, including being placed in a kettle of boiling oil. H…

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Unterburger, Klaus, “Vitus, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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