Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. Accused of a horrible crime, Lorenzo took asylum with three priests onboard a ship headed for Japan. When they arrived they were taken prisoner, tortured, and killed during the Christian persecutions.


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