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Bl. Juan Jacobo Fernandez
Born July 25, 1808
Died July 9, 1860, Damascus, Syria
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified October 10, 1926 by Pope Pius XI
Feast July 10

Juan Jacobo Fernandez, Franciscan monk of the convent of Herbón and martyr, lived from July 25, 1808 to July 10, 1860 in the Piñor de Cea (Carballeda) Province of Orense, Spain.

He was martyred in Damascus when seven Spanish monks and an Austrian were assassinated on July 9, 1860. Fernandez was thrown from the tile roof of the church. Still alive, he fervently prayed to God that He would accept his sacrifice, until he was killed with a knife.

Since their deaths, the names of Manuel Ruiz, Carmelo Volta, Engelberto Kolland, Nicanor Ascanio, Pedro Soler, Nicolás María Alberca, Francisco Pinazo and Juan Jacobo Fernández were beatified October 10, 1926 and are honored yearly on the 10th of July.

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