Local Catholics celebrate centuries-old tradition Saturday

NORWICH St. Bartholomew has been celebrated for a long time long before a catholic church bearing his name was founded in Norwich in the 1920s.

Legend has it that he was martyred in the 1st century in Armenia while there as a missionary. His remains were then said to have washed ashore onto a small island called Lipari, near Sicily. A religious hero believed to be a source of protection and miracles in Lipari thereafter, the tradition of honoring St. Bart was carried to Norwich when natives of the island first immigrated here at the turn of the 20th century.

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