Pancratius (1), (St. Pancras), martyr at Rome on the Via Aurelia,
a.d. 304; a Phrygian by birth, but baptized at Rome by the pope himself. He suffered
when only 14 years of age with his uncle Dionysius. His martyrdom was very celebrated
in the early ages. His church still gives a title to a cardinal, and to a well-known
parish church in London. Gregory of Tours (de Glor. Martt. i. 39) tells us
that his tomb outside the walls of Rome was so sacred that the devil at once seized
those who swore falsely before it. Gregory the Great mentions the martyr in his
Epp. (iv. 18 and vi. 49), and in Homily (xxvii.) on St. John (Ceill. iii.
29; Tillem. Mém. v. 260; AA. SS. Boll. Mai. ii. 17; Ruinart. AA.
Sinc. p. 407; Mart. Rom. Vet., Usuard.).