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Saint Laurentius of Rome is the most famous bearer of the name Laurentius. He was born in Spain and died a martyr's death in 258. He was one of the seven deacons in the city of Rome, thus responsible for the finances and social work of the Church of Rome. According to tradition, when the Roman bishop Sixtus II was arrested and beheaded under the persecutor of Christians, Emperor Valerian (200-260), his deacon Laurentius was distraught that he was not deemed worthy to share this death. Sixtus comforted him with the promise that he would succeed him in three days, and commissioned him to distribute the church treasury to the suffering and poor. The Emperor Valerian laid claim to these treasures. He asked for three days to think it over, and during this period he distributed die Güter. The incensed Valerian had Laurentius tortured and finally ordered him to be slowly martyred to death over fire on a grate. Even in these dreadful tortures he preserved his humor and teased the executioner to turn him over on the fire, for the roast was already cooked on one side.

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