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St_Agatha_-_Buena_VistaAgatha suffered martyrdom at Catania in Sicily, probably during the time of Decius, around 251.  According to a later Life, the tortures she was subjected to included cutting off her breasts.  From antiquity her cult spread throughout the Church.  She was widely venerated as a martyr and her name appears in the Roman Canon. – CTS New Daily Missal 2012, p 2551; Christian Prayer, Saint Paul Publications Philippines 1990, p 1079.

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