Tuesday 11 July 2017

# Saints

Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions.

Memorial plaque at Saint Francis Xavier Church (Ho Chi Minh City)
The 9th of July is the optional memorial of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions. 

The following is from Wikipedia:
The Martyr Saints of China, or Augustine Zhao Rong and his 119 companions, are saints of the Roman Catholic Church. The 87 Chinese Catholics and 33 Western missionaries, from the mid-17th century to 1930, were martyred because of their ministry and, in some cases, for their refusal to apostatize.
Many died in the Boxer Rebellion, in which xenophobic peasants slaughtered 30,000 Chinese converts to Christianity along with missionaries and other foreigners.
In the ordinary form of the Latin Rite they are remembered with an optional memorial on July 9.