Wednesday, December 2, 2009

St. Francis Xavier - Dec 3

"St. Francis Xavier, Confessor - white, 3rd class [used to be Double Major, prior to '62*]

St. Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit Missionary, was the apostle of the east Indies, and the first to preach the faith of Christ in Japan. He baptized hundreds of thousands of pagans. He preached the gospel in more than one hundred kingdoms and brought kings and nations into the fold of the Church. This noble hearted missionary gave his soul to his Master, December 2, 1552. - SM"

You can read more about his in the Catholic Encyclopedia here.
* I will do a separate little article about how the feasts/days are classified. It was much simplified in '62.

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