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Feastday: Febuary 5

Patron of the Archdiocese of Bombay

Birth: 1556

Death: 1597


Franciscan martyr of Japan. Born in the East Indies in 1556, of Portuguese descent, he served the Jesuits in Japan as a catechist before becoming as businessman. In 1591, he joined the Franciscans at Manila in the Philippines as a lay brother. Returning to Japan with St. Peter Baptist, he was crucified at Nagasaki. He was canonized in 1862.


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