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Feastday: April 18

Patron of the Canary Islands and Guatemala

Birth: 1626

Death: 1667

Beatified By: June 22, 1980 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized By: July 30, 2002, Guatemala City, Guatemala by Pope John Paul II


Brother Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (March 21, 1626 -- April 25, 1667), called Hermano Pedro de San José Betancurt or more simply Hermano Pedro, Santo Hermano Pedro, or San Pedro de Vilaflor, was a Spanish saint and missionary. He is known as the "St. Francis of the Americas." He is known as the first Canarian Saint.


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