Thomas of Zumárraga

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Blessed Thomas of Zumárraga
Beato Tomas de Zumarraga.jpg
Tomás de Zumárraga painted by Zurbarán.
Born9 March 1577
Vitoria, Spain
Died12 September 1622
Ōmura, Japan
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX
Feast 12 September

Thomas of Zumárraga and Lazcano (9 March 1577 – 12 September 1622) [1] was a Roman Catholic Missionary from Spain. He was beatified in May 1867 by Pope Pius IX. [1]

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Thomas was born in Vitoria, in 1577. In 1594, he was professed in the Order of Preachers in Vitoria. After he entered the Convento de San Esteban de Salamanca, he received the name of Fray Tomás del Espíritu Santo (Brother Thomas of the Holy Spirit). [2] In 1601, he was sent to Mexico en route to the Philippines. [1] Shortly after arriving, in 1603, Fray Francisco Morales, superior of the Dominicans in Manila, sent him to Japan to found a mission..

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He hid in the mountains, in the area of Nagasaki and Ōmura. He was captured on 23 July 1617. After five years of imprisonment, was burnt alive on 12 September 1622. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Juan José Alzugaray Aguirre (20 February 2006). Ora pro nobis. Encuentro. p. 47. ISBN   978-84-7490-776-6.
  2. El beato Tomás: un cuadro inédito de Zurbarán. 12 de diciembre de 2010. Consultado el 1 de octubre de 2015.