By Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church will honor tomorrow the memory of the first Christian apologist and a martyr of the Christian faith – Saint Justin (San Justino).
Commemorative masses and special prayers will be held in several Catholic churches in many parts of the world in honor of the most important apologist of the second century. The Catholic Encyclopedia defines Christian apologetics as the field of study concerned with the systematic defense of Christianity.
Born in Samaria in 100 A.D., St. Justin devoted his life to the study and propagation of the Christian faith. A voluminous writer, he wrote two Apologies and the Dialogue with Trypho, which contain valuable information about the early Church’s faith and practice.
He taught and defended the Christian religion in Asia Minor and Rome, Italy, where he suffered martyrdom and died fighting for his faith in 165 A.D. Because of his staunch adherence to the Christian religion, the Church honors St. Justin as the patron of apologists.