Blessed Apolinar Franco

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Franciscan Friars Minor (Observants) priest. Missionary to Japan during the 17th century when Christianity was a capital offense. Imprisoned soon after his arrival, Apollinar spent over five years on death row during which he converted his jailers, ministered to other prisoners, and spread the Word of God.

Born

Died

Venerated

  • decree of martyrdom promulgated on 26 February 1866 by Pope Pius IX (decree of martyrdom)
  • Beatified

    Canonized

    • if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Apolinar, contact
         Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan
         2-10-10 Shiomi Koto-ku
         Tokyo 135-8585, JAPAN

    Additional Information

    MLA Citation

    • “Blessed Apolinar Franco“. Saints.SQPN.com. 12 September 2013. Web. 30 August 2014. <>