Jul. 20 Tuesday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr, Opt. Mem.

Early accounts report that Saint Apollinaris was ordained Bishop by Saint Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was frequently exiled, tortured and imprisoned for the faith, and finally martyred.

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