Saint Pontius Pilate?
While other victims of crucifixion lingered on the cross for many hours and sometimes days Jesus was declared dead in a matter of six hours. It is said that Pontius Pilate who was the Roman prefect then conspired to keep Jesus alive. Legend has it that he could have done this for any of two reasons:
The Bible tells that Pilate was a compassionate man. History on the other hand depicts a totally different character. According to some accounts Pilate was a greedy, corrupt and ruthless man. Some accounts tell us that he took a hefty bribe from Joseph of Arimathea and conspired to keep Jesus alive.
According to other legends he decided to spare the life of Jesus because his wife Procula interceded on behalf of the accused man. We are given to understand that Pilate’s wife sent him a message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” (Matthew 27:19)
It is because of this purported act of mercy that the calendars of the Saints of the Coptic Church, in Egypt and in Ethiopia depict Pilate and his wife as “saints”. The feast of Saint Procula is celebrated on October 27th in the Greek Orthodox Church. The Coptic Church venerates both Pontius Pilate and Procula as saints. It celebrates their feast on June 25.
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(Fig 1) Pilate’s wife pleading with him
(Fig 2) Saint Procula http://www.thereligionnetwork.com/APRIL_07/THE_MYSTERY_OF_CLAUDIA_PROCULA_04-12-07.html