Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

Roman Emperors Grant Pardons to Prisoners on Easter

Saint Ambrose and Emperor Theodosius I
Source: Wikipedia

Roman emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I issue a new law granting pardons to certain prisoners on Easter.

The new law states:

"Reverence for the annual ceremony of prayer urges that We order all persons who have been accused and prosecuted for minor crimes to be completely exempted from the danger of prison and the fear of punishment." [CTh 9.38.7]

The exceptions for this are those guilty of high treason, homicide, sorcery, magic, seduction, adultery, sacrilege, violations of tombs, rape, and counterfeiting money. There is no requirement that the prisoners themselves be Christians in order to benefit from this release.

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