BENEDICTA (Saint) Virgin Martyr (June 29) (3rd century) Martyred at Sens in France under the Emperor Aurelian (A.D. 273). Her brother, Saint Sanctian, and another Martyr, a Saint Augustine, were beheaded at the same time. They are said to have all been natives of Spain, whence they had passed into France. Surius, with others, refuses to accept tins account of Saint Benedicta, nor does the Roman Martyrology number her among the Martyrs. According to the moderns, the Saint Benedicta (or Saint Beata) venerated at Sens was in all likelihood a holy nun of the locality, though it is possible that there may have been there an earlier Saint of the same name.