July 1

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Moses the Ethiopian (ca. 332-407) monk

Moses the Ethiopian, a monk of the desert of Scetis, is commemorated today in the Roman Martyrology and in Byzantine synaxaria.
Moses was born in Ethiopia around the year 332, and according to Palladius' account he was dark-skinned, tall, and robust. A series of adventures and mishaps led him to monastic life.

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July 2

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Haik Hovsepian Mehr, Tateos Michaelian and Mehdi Dibaj (d. 1994) martyrs

Today several Protestant churches commemorate three pastors who died as martyrs of the religious intolerance that began to spread through Iran with extreme virulence in the 1980s.

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July 5

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Athanasius the Athonite (930-1001) monk

In 1001 Athanasius the Athonite, a monk who brought cenobitic life to Mount Athos, died when a cupola collapsed in his monastery's church.

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