St Cyprian

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St Cyprian was born in Carthage, North Africa around 200. He is known as being the Bishop of Carthage and an important Early Christian writer, many of whose Latin works are still extant. After converting to Christianity, he became a bishop and eventually died a martyr at Carthage. During the persecution of Decius, Cyprian lived in hiding, covertly ministering to his flock; his enemies condemned him for being a coward and not standing up for his faith. Cyprian was martyred in 258 and is the patron of North Africa. His name is mentioned in the Roman Canon.

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Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.