As a child, Luis Flores, a Spaniard born in Antwerp, Belgium, migrated with his parents to Mexico. As a Dominican missionary priest, he served for eighteen years in the Philippines before embarking on a sea journey to Japan. Also aboard his boat was the Augustinian missionary priest, Pedro de Zuniga, a native of Seville, Spain. Their ship was piloted by a Japanese sea captain, Joachim Hirayama Diaz, a Catholic convert who together with all the men of his crew belonged to the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. The boat was intercepted en route by Dutch pirates, who brought the vessel to the Japanese port of Firando. Here Japanese pagan officials took the two priests and the entire crew of thirteen into custody. Father Flores was tortured. The priests and seamen were kept in prison for two years. On August 19, 1622, the two priests and Captain Hirayama Diaz were put to death by fire, and the other prisoners were beheaded.
This holy priest was born in 1698 at the village of Voltaggio in the diocese of Genoa and was one of the four children of an excellent and highly respected couple. When he ws ten a nobleman and his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes