Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Francis Xavier
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A founding member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), and honoured in the Catholic Church as patron saint of missions, Francis Xavier (1506-52) was a Spanish priest who laboured as a missionary in Asia. He worked in India and Japan, then died as he was about to enter mainland China.

His connection with Africa was incidental to his journey to Asia. As he travelled by ship around Africa, Francis stopped in Mozambique f…

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Mkenda, Festo, “Francis Xavier”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>

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