Francisco Cabral

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Francisco Cabral
Born 1529
Diocese of Guarda, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 1609 (1610) (aged 80)
Goa, Portuguese India
Occupation Jesuit priest
Known for Missionary in Japan

Francisco Cabral (born in the Diocese of Guarda, Portugal, 1529; died at Goa, 1609) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in Japan.

In 1554 he entered the Society of Jesus, and after his studies went to Japan, where he laboured strenuously to propagate the Christian religion. There he enjoyed the friendship of highly placed people, many of whom he converted.

He filled important official places in his order, being superior of Japan for twelve years, master of novices, and rector of the Saint Paul's College, Goa, and finally visitor to Portuguese India. He died with a great reputation for prudence and holiness.


  • Varones Ilustres de la Compañía de Jesús (2nd ed., Bilbao, 1887), I, 655-63

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