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Feastday: April 9

Death: 1322


Franciscan martyr. Born in Tolentino, Italy, he entered the Franciscans and was sent to preach in the difficult regions of Armenia and Persia (modern Iran). Convinced to head further East, he set out for China with three companions Blesseds James of Padua, Peter of Siena (both Franciscans), and a layman, Demetrius of Triflis. While traveling through Hindustan (modem northern India) they were beheaded at Thame.


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