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Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions - July 9 breski1 AGOSTINO ZHAO RONG Priest and martyr (+ 1815) and Companions Martyrs in China While Chinese emperors tolerated Catholicism in the …More
Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions - July 9

breski1 AGOSTINO ZHAO RONG
Priest and martyr (+ 1815)
and Companions
Martyrs in China


While Chinese emperors tolerated Catholicism in the past, Emperor Kia-Kin (1796-1821) unleashed a wave of persecution on Catholics. Kia-Kin's edicts of 1805 and 1811 criminalized the bestowal of sacred orders, preaching and promotion of the Faith. A decree of 1813 exonerated voluntary apostates from torture and execution.
In 1815, two more State decrees approved the beheadings of Monsignor Dufresse of the Paris Foreign Missions Society (M.E.P) and some Chinese Christians by the Viceroy of Sichuan. As a result, there was a worsening of the persecution.
Another martyr, St. John Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, M.E.P, Bishop, was arrested on the 18th of May 1815, taken to Chengdu, and executed on the 14th of September 1815.
St. Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese diocesan priest. Having first been one of the soldiers who had escorted Monsignor Dufresse from Chengdu to Beijing, he was moved by Dufresse's patience and asked to be numbered among the neophytes. Once baptised, he was sent to the seminary and then ordained a priest. After being arrested, St. Zhao Rong was tortured to death.
None of the pain ever made them change their love for Jesus Christ.
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Martyrs of China (Optional Memorial; 76 saints)
Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Our Lady of Itatí
Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Victories

Adrian Fortescue
Agrippinus of Autun
Alexander of Egypt
Audax of Thora
Brictius of Martola
Copra of Egypt
Cyril of Gortyna
Dionysius the Rhetorician
Everild of Everingham
Faustina of Rome
Felician of Sicily
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Floriana of Rome
Hérombert of Minden
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