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St Lawrence Ruiz & Companions


St. Lawrence and fifteen companions were martyred at Nagasaki by the Japanese in 1637. He was of Filipino origin and was killed while in Japan with Dominican missionaries trying to avoid false arrest. When news of the martyrdom reached Manila on December 27th, a solemn Te Deum was sung in the church of Santo Domingo. St. Lawrence was the first Filipino to be canonized.