St. Apollonius was a Roman senator, a man of high social standing, and very erudite. He was publicly denounced as a Christian and brought before Perennis, the praetorian prefect, and told he must renounce his faith or die.Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius's legs were crushed and then he was beheaded.
Pope St. Anicetus, the 11th pope, succeeded St. Pius towards the year c. 153, and reigned till about 168. He condemned Montanism, conferred with St. Polycarp on the Paschal date controversy, and forbade priests from growing their hair. He was martyred and is venerated on April 17.
Good Friday is the Friday within Holy Week, and is traditionally a time of fasting and penance, commemorating the anniversary of Christ's crucifixion and death. For Christians, Good Friday commemorates not just a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ, which with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith.
Pope St. Martin I (649-55) convened a council which condemned the teaching of Monothelism. The Byzantine emperor sent soldiers to kidnap the Pope from the Lateran Basilica. He died shortly thereafter, tortures and cruel treatment having taken their toll. He is the last of the early popes to be venerated as a martyr.