Aurelius and Natalie (died 852) were Christian martyrs who were put to death during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II, Emir of Córdoba, and are counted among the Martyrs of Córdoba.
|Aurelius and Natalie|
|Died||852, Córdoba, Al-Andalus|
|Martyred by||Abd ar-Rahman II|
|Means of martyrdom||Decapitation|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church|
Aurelius was the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He was also secretly a follower of Christianity, as was his wife Natalie, who was also the child of a Muslim father. One of Aurelius's cousins, Felix, accepted Islam for a short time, but later converted back to Christianity and married a Christian woman, Liliosa.
Under Sharia Law, all four of them were required to profess Islam. In time all four began to openly profess their Christianity, with the two women going about in public with their faces unveiled. They were all swiftly arrested as apostates from Islam.
They were given four days to recant, but they refused and were beheaded. They were martyred with a local monk, George, who had openly spoken out against the Islamic prophet Mohammed. He had been offered a pardon as a foreigner but chose instead to denounce Islam again and die with the others.
They are considered saints in the Roman Catholic Church, and in the Orthodox Church with a feast day of 27 July.
- Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.