Perpetua and Felicity of Carthage, Gregory - responses

Date of news: 7 March 2016

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In the middle we see Pope Gregory the Great, whose feast day is celebrated on 12 March. Together with Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo and Jerome of Bethlehem he makes up the four most influential western church patriarchs. He is flanked by saint Perpetua and Felicity. Perpetua was a noble woman and mistress to pregnant slave girl Felicity. They were arrested for practicing the Christian faith and thrown in the arena to be torn up by wild animals on 7 March, which is now their joint feast day. However, the animals did not hurt them, so they were beheaded at a later date. The martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity has been extensively documented. During their imprisonment, Perpetua kept detailed records of the visions she had and others added details of her execution.