Bassus of Lucera
One of the earliest Christian communities is believed to have been established in Lucera. The legend of the saint relates that in about the year 60 Saint Peter passed through and put Bassus at the head of the nascent bishopric. Bassus was martyred under Trajan in 118.
His feast day is 5 December.
Disagreements on identity
There is some controversy regarding the identity of Bassus, in that there is potential confusion between Saint Bassus of Lucera and Saint Bassus of Nice (or Nicaea), who was also a bishop and martyr and whose feast day also falls on 5 December, although his martyrdom took place at Nice in about 250. There may also be confusion with a certain Saint Dasius of Dorostoro, also known as Bassus.
- Santi, Beati e Testimoni: San Basso di Nizza (Italian)
- San Basso di Termoli historical website (Italian)
- Folkore of Termoli (Italian)
- Cupra Marittima: San Basso (Italian)
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