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St. Pancras

Feast day: May 12

Pancras was a young saint about who little is known. He is thought to have been born in Phrygia around the year 290. He was brought to Rome by his uncle, Saint Dionysius, in the early Fourth Century where both were converted to Christianity.

This was the period when the persecution by the emperor Diocletian was beginning. Though the circumstances are not known, it is believed that Pancras and his uncle were called upon to worship pagan gods and refused. Pancras, at the age of fourteen, was then beheaded. His uncle died later in prison.

Pancras was buried in a cemetery in Rome which later was named after him. In the Seventh Century, Pope Vitalian sent the relics of St. Pancras to England as the evangelization of that land was getting underway. St. Augustine of Canterbury later dedicated the first church built in England to the saint. Today, many churches and public places in England, including a borough and a railroad station, are named after this saint.

St. Pancras is a patron of children. He is also patron against false witness and perjury. In Germany, It is believed that those who have perjured themselves in the presence of this saint's relics will be openly punished by God. St. Pancras is also invoked by those suffering from headaches and cramps.

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