Saints Liberatus, Maximus and companions, martyrs

Abbot Liberatus and six monks of the Augustinian–inspired monastery of Gafsa, the youngest of whom was Maximus, were imprisoned under the African Vandal king Huneric for refusing to abandon either their Catholic faith or their monastery. They were bludgeoned to death in the year 484 after an old boat on which they were to be burned alive had failed to ignite. Their long-standing cult was confirmed by the Church in 1671.