A Christian priest in Moorish Spain, Roderick had a brother who became Moslem and another with no religion. One day he tried to break up a fight between his brothers; they turned on him and beat him into a coma. The Moslem brother, seeking further revenge, announced to authorities that Roderick had converted to Islam. When Roderick awoke, he was questioned about it, and denied the allegation, claiming allegiance to Christ. The Moslem authorities took this to be apostasy, deciding Roderick was denying his new Moslem faith. He was imprisoned for several months, and then martyred with Saint Salomon of Cordoba.
- “Saint Roderick of Cordoba“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 March 2015. Web. 27 May 2015. <>