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.
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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan
2-10-10 Shiomi Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-8585, JAPAN
- “Blessed Apolinar Franco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 September 2008. Web. 2 April 2015. <>