Agatha, Saint

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Agatha, Saint

(ăg`əthə), 3d cent., Sicilian virgin, martyred under Roman Emperor Decius. She is mentioned in the Martyrology of Jerome and the Calendar of Carthage in the 6th cent. Agatha is invoked against outbreaks of fire and is the patron saint of bell makers. Feast: Feb. 5.
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The high-born and wealthy Saint Agatha of Sicily (c 231 AD-c 251) rejected the advances of the Prefect Quintianus and engaged in several verbal confrontations with him where her intractable faith and devotion came to the fore.