Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature – Agatha

Saint Agatha of Sicily holy card by Bertoni, date unknownArticle

Agatha, a virgin martyred at Catana in Sicily under Decius, 5 February 251, according to her Acta; but under Diocletian according to the Martyrology and Aldhelm; mentioned by Pope Damasus A.D. 366, and by Venantius Fortunatus c.580; inserted in the Canon of the Mass by Gregory the Great according to Aldhelm; and commemorated in a homily by Methodius, c.900. Her name is in the Carthaginian Calendar of c.450; in Ruinart; and in the black-letter calendar in our Prayer-book. Churches at Rome were dedicated to her by Pope Symmachus c.500; by Ricimer A.D. 460, enriched with her relics by Gregory the Great; and by Gregory II in 726. She is the patroness of Malta. See also the homily against Peril of Idolatry.

MLA Citation

  • Arthur West Haddan. “Agatha”. Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature, 1911. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2020. Web. 8 May 2021. <>