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St. George Feast Day

Q. The legends surrounding St. George (feast day April 23) seem rather extravagant. What do we actually know about this popular hero of the faith?

A. We know that he was a fourth-century martyr, but very little beyond that is known with certainty. Ancient tradition holds that he was a Roman soldier tortured and beheaded for his faith in the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in a.d. 303.