St. George, born in Syria Palaestina, was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers.He was martyred for confronting the Emperor about his persecution of Christians. He is one the most venerated Martyrs, in both the East and West.
St. Apollonius was a Roman senator, a man of high social standing, and very erudite. He was publicly denounced as a Christian and brought before Perennis, the praetorian prefect, and told he must renounce his faith or die.Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius's legs were crushed and then he was beheaded.
Pope St. Anicetus, the 11th pope, succeeded St. Pius towards the year c. 153, and reigned till about 168. He condemned Montanism, conferred with St. Polycarp on the Paschal date controversy, and forbade priests from growing their hair. He was martyred and is venerated on April 17.
St. Bernadette Soubirous is the saint of Lourdes, France. Visionary and messenger of the Immaculate Conception, she told us the very words of the Virgin Mary. She spoke words teaching of the merits of prayer, penance, poverty and church. In the first and most widely recognized Marian apparition of modern times, a personal message was delivered also to Bernadette—She would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next.