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pedro calungsodPedro Calungsod (c. 1654 – April 2, 1672) is a Filipino Roman Catholic martyr who was killed while doing missionary work in Guam in 1672. He was beatified on 5 March  2000, by Pope John Paul II. As a skilled sacristan and teacher of catechism, he was a companion of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands. Through their efforts, many receive the sacraments especially that of baptism. A plot to kill Pedro and San Vitores started when a certain Choco, a Chinese who gained influence over the Macanas of Marianas Island, circulated false accusations that the missionaries were spreading poison through the ritual of the pouring of water (i.e. baptism), and through the ritual of Catholic Masses. Calungsod and Diego San Vitores were both murdered after baptising an infant and mother who converted to the Roman Catholic faith.  Calungsod is the second Filipino saint after San Lorenzo Ruiz if approved by the Pope and the Holy See. – Catholic Online

francis of paolaFrancis of Paola (1416-1507) initially joined the Franciscans but left to live as a hermit in a cave on the Calabrian coast near his birthplace Paola.  He was soon joined by others who wished to devote their lives to prayer and penance.  The community developed into the Order of Minims (Minimi frates or Least Brethren).  After being called to console King Louis XI on his deathbed, Francis moved to France, where he founded several Minim houses.  He died in 1507 at Tours in France. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2624; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1112.

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