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Feastday: January 15

Birth: 1607

Death: 1648

Beatified By: 2 May 1909 by Pope Saint Pius X

Canonized By: 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II


Francis Ferdinand de Capillas(true name in Spanish: Francisco Fernández de Capillas) O.P. (1607–1648) was a Castilian Christian missionary to China. He was the first Roman Catholic martyr killed in China. He was beatified by Pope Pius X in 1909, and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000 as the protomartyr of the 134 Martyrs of China.


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