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Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence was the first deacon of the Catholic Church and is therefore also known as the Archdeacon of the Catholic Church.

He was born in Spain and was sent to Zaragoza at a young age to complete his theological education. His teacher was the later Pope Sixtus II.

Their common love for Rome, as the capital of Christendom, led them to move to Rome and teach there.

On 30.08.257 Sixtus II ascended the papal throne and immediately appointed Lawrence as archdeacon.

On 06.08.258, Pope Sixtus II was arrested by order of Emperor Valerianus while celebrating Holy Mass over the catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Saint Lawrence

Chapel containing the grate of Saint Lawrence in San Lorenzo in Lucina (Rome)