Saint Juliana of Nicomedia is one of the most venerated saints of the Catholic Church. She is the patron saint of torture victims, widows, sickness and unborn children. Saint Juliana was born in Nicomedia (present day Turkey) around the year 286 and died in the year 304.
A major event in her life when she was 18 years old was her refusal to sacrifice to the Roman gods when she was brought before the Roman prefect of Nicomedia. Juliana was told she was to marry a Roman senator but she repeatedly refused. Even after the prefect had her whipped and threatened to put her to death, she steadfastly refused to renounce her faith. Despite being horribly tortured, Juliana was determined to remain a virgin out of her devotion to Christ. Eventually, she was beheaded for her faith, thus earning her the title of martyr.
Saint Juliana was canonized in the year 687 by Pope Sergius I, and her feast day is celebrated on February 16th.
In addition to her courage and faith, Saint Juliana is known for her compassion and charity. She gave away all her possessions to the poor and sick, and she often served them with her own hands.
Saint Juliana is also known for her love of animals. She is said to have healed a donkey with a wound on its foot, and she was often seen feeding wild birds and animals.
Saint Juliana is a powerful intercessor and her example of courage and faith in the face of persecution has been a source of strength for many throughout the ages.