The Meaty Martyrdom Story Behind the Feast of San Lorenzo

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 06:39

On August 10, Italians celebrate San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence), patron saint of cooks, brewers and vintners, butchers, bakers, confectioners, restaurateurs and more. Like many devotees of early Christianity, Lorenzo’s involvement in what was considered a heretical, anti-establishment religion led to his martyrdom: on August 10 in year 258 CE, Roman officials sentenced Lorenzo to death, as punishment for his refusal to hand over various goods and treasures he oversaw as a church de

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