Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. Also known as San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, he died a martyr in Nagasaki, Japan, on Sept. 29, 1637, at the age of 34.
Accused of murdering a Spaniard in 1636, Ruiz boarded a ship carrying a group of missionaries to Formosa (Taiwan) and Japan. Ruiz accompanied his missionary companions to Nagasaki, where Christians were being persecuted due to Japan's wariness of foreign colonialism.
According to accounts, the Japanese promised Ruiz that they would free him if he would denounce Christianity. He refused and was tortured,...
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