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Ctesiphon of Vergium

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Feast  May 15; May 1
Patronage  Berja
Place of death  Berja
Died  1st century Berja, Spain
Venerated in  Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Catholic Church

Saint Ctesiphon (Spanish: San Tesifonte, Tesifón) is venerated as patron saint (besides Mary, Virgen de Gádor) of Berja, Andalusia, southern Spain.

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Hagiography

Tradition makes him a Christian missionary of the 1st century, during the Apostolic Age. He evangelized the town of Bergi, Vergi(s), or Vergium, identified as Berja, and is said to have become its first bishop, but the Diocese of Vergi was probably only founded around 500.

Veneration

He is one of the group of Seven Apostolic Men (siete varones apostólicos), seven Christian clerics ordained in Rome by Saints Peter and Paul and sent to evangelize Spain. Besides Ctesiphon, this group includes Sts. Hesychius, Caecilius, Torquatus, Euphrasius, Indaletius and Secundius (Hesiquio, Cecilio, Torcuato, Eufrasio, Indalecio y Segundo).

References

Ctesiphon of Vergium Wikipedia


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