Saints of the Society of Jesus: Blessed Francis Pacheco and Companions

20 June 20; Martyrs

Father Francis Pacheco, a Portuguese, Provincial of the Jesuits in Japan when they had been reduced by persecution to sixteen priests, and administrator of the diocese, with Father Zola, an Italian, and Father de Torres, a Spaniard, and six Japanese Brothers, were all burned to death on the Mount of Martyrs, at Nangasaki, in the year 1626, They died praising God and invoking the names of Jesus and Mary.