Today, we commemorate the many martyrs who died during the reign of the emperor Nero, who ruled from the year 54 till the year 68. The martyrs were followers of the first Christians, and were brutally tortured before being put to death for their faith. It is said of them that they died with dignity and with fervour for the Faith.

May their example inspire us, and may they pray for us in all the challenges of our own time. May God bless you.