Priest. Member of the Congregation of Missionary Servants of the Poor. Chosen superior general of the Congregation in 1959. He re-vitalized the group, encouraging vocations, and leading missionaries to Biringi, Congo. Beaten by Simba rebels in the middle of the Congo civil war, he suffered for 11 days before dying from the injuries; he forgave his killers. Martyr.
- 27 December 1964 at Erira, Orientale (modern Democratic Republic of Congo) after having been attacked by Simba rebels on 11 December 1964
- 21 April 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI
- recognition celebrated at Palermo, Sicily, officiated by Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi
- “Blessed Francesco Spoto“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2016. Web. 18 January 2017. <>