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.
- “Blessed Apolinar Franco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 April 2015. Web. 21 April 2015. <>