Saints Vitalis and Agricola

Saint Vitalis and Agricola
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The painting of Christian martyrs Vitalis and Agricola in Bologna.
Protomartyrs of Bologna
Died~304 AD
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church. Eastern Orthodoxy
Feast4 November

Saints Vitalis and Agricola (Italian: Santi Vitale e Agricola) are venerated as martyrs, who are considered to have died at Bologna about 304, during the persecution ordered by Roman Emperor Diocletian.


Agricola was a Christian citizen of Bologna who converted his slave, Vitalis, to Christianity; they became deeply attached to each other. Vitalis was first to suffer martyrdom, being executed in the amphitheatre. The authorities then tortured Agricola, but failed to make him give up his religion. He was finally crucified.