04-St. Francis Xavier

One of the greatest missionaries that Spain ever produced. King John III of Portugal invited St. Francis to evangelize the Portuguese possessions in the Middle and Far East. During the last ten years of his life he established missions in Goa on the Indian Coast, in Travancore, in Malacca, in the Molaccan Islands, and in Japan. The number of converts attributed to him runs in the hundreds of thousands.

A painting of Saint Francis Xavier held in the Kobe City Museum, Japan.