Mark at the Irish Elk references a saint whose story is particularly apt today as we mourn the death of Fr. Santoro in Turkey, apparently killed by a Muslim youth: St. Perfecto of Cordoba, Spain, who died in 850. His feast is April 18.
Priest. Accosted on the street one day by Moors who asked his opinion of Jesus and Mohammed, promising no harm to him no matter the answer. Perfecto explained Jesus was the Son of God and our Savior, while Mohammed was a false prophet. When his questioners felt that enough time had passed that their promise has dissipated, they had Perfecto arrested, tried, and executed by a Muslim court for blasphemy. Martyr.
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