Eight hundred-thirteen new saints: 15th-century Catholic martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam are declared saints.

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The “Martyrs of Otranto” were 813 Italians who were slain in the southern Italian city in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity.

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Editor’s note: Anybody notice a pattern emerging here?