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His parents were Eustorgius of Nicomedia, a pagan, and [[Saint]] Eubula ([[March 30]]). They named him ''Pantaleon,'' which means ''in all things like a lion,'' but when he [[conversion|converted]] to Christianity, he changed his name to ''Panteleimon'', which means ''all-merciful.'' He learned about Christianity from the [[priest]] who later [[baptism|baptized]] him, Saint Hermolaus. Hermolaus was living with two other priests, Hermippus and Hermocrates; the three were "survivors of the massacre of 20,000 Christians in 303 ([[December 28]])."<ref name="OCA">[ Holy Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon] ([[OCA]])</ref>
St. Panteleimon had been educated as a physician, and soon he devoted all his talent to [[serving the poor]]. He "dedicated his life to the suffering, the sick, the unfortunate and the needy. He treated all those who turned to him without charge, healing them in the name of [[Jesus Christ]]. He visited those held captive in prison. These were usually Christians, and he healed them of their wounds. In a short time, reports of the charitable physician spread throughout the city. Forsaking the other doctors, the inhabitants began to turn only to St. Panteleimon."<ref name="OCA" />
Other physicians brought his case before the Emperor Maximian. St. Panteleimon confessed to being a Christian and refused to offer sacrifice to the state gods.
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==See also==
* [[Philanthropy]]
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