St. Sixtus was elected to the Roman See in 257. After reigning for twelve months, this peace loving pope was arrested August 6, 258, in the cemetery of the Praetextatus. Emperor Valerian issued an edict prescribing death for leaders of the Christians. It is said he was slain on the spot, but it is thought the he was taken away and examined and then executed. Sts. Felicissimus, Agapitus, and four other deacons were martyred with him. St. Lawrence, archdeacon of Sixtus, was also martyred three days later.
FEAST DAY: August 7