St. Augustine Zhao RongChristianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly.

The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930. Most of them (87) were born in China and were children, parents, catechists or laborers, ranging from nine years of age to 72. This group includes four Chinese diocesan priests.

The 33 foreign-born martyrs were mostly priests or women religious, especially from the Order of Preachers, the Paris Foreign Mission Society, the Friars Minor, Jesuits, Salesians and Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese solider who accompanied Bishop John Gabriel Taurin Dufresse (Paris Foreign Mission Society) to his martyrdom in Beijing. Augustine was baptized and not long after was ordained as a diocesan priest. He was martyred in 1815.

Beatified in groups at various times, these 120 martyrs were canonized in Rome on October 1, 2000.

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  1. Please pray for my family. That our finances will improve and God will bless them. We are hurting financialy right now and i need God to open doors for my family. In Jesus name. Amen. (thank you)

  2. I admire the faith of our ancestors in the faith. Right now I am in a spiritual depression and I can’t seem to get myself out of it. St. Augustine and co, pray for me that I may be strong in the spiritual wilderness that I am in and that with Jesus help, I will overcome.


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