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Saint Gregory Grassi
Martyr
Born December 13, 1823, Italy
Died July 9, 1900, China
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified November 27, 1946
Canonized October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Feast July 9

Saint Gregory Grassi or Gregorio Maria Grassi (1823–July 9, 1900) is an Italian Roman Catholic saint.

Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856 and sent to China five years later. Grassi was later ordained Bishop of North Shanxi. With 14 other European missionaries and 14 Chinese religious, he was martyred during the short but bloody Boxer Uprising of 1900.

Throughout China during the Boxer Uprising, five bishops, 50 priests, two brothers, 15 sisters and 40,000 Chinese Christians were killed. The 146,575 Catholics served by the Franciscans in China in 1906 had grown to 303,760 by 1924 and were served by 282 Franciscans and 174 local priests.

See also

Martyr Saints of China

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