9th JULY: ST AUGUSTINE ZHAO RONG, PRIEST AND MARTYR

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1. In 1785, the missionary of China (St) Gabriel Taurin Dufresse was arrested by pagan officials. His transfer to Peking (Beijing) with other captured missionaries
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2. was assigned to a squad of soldiers, one of whom was a young man named Zhao.

Moved by the missionaries’ patience and humble acceptance of God’s will, Zhao felt a deep compassion for them. Soon afterward, he enrolled as a catechumen and received baptism,
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3. taking the name Augustine. He subsequently entered the priesthood.

Father Augustine travelled from one village to another, preaching the Gospel, the ten commandments, the seven deadly sins, the sacraments, and the Passion of Christ. He concluded
4. by hearing confessions and baptising converts.

Late in 1814, sensing that he would soon face martyrdom, Father Augustine told a fellow priest, “Pray much for me and ask of God the grace that I may be able to suffer courageously for the honour of His Holy Name.”
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5. In January of 1815, a pagan military officer spotted Father Augustine on a road and asked him, “Are you a Christian?” He replied, “Yes, I am a Christian priest.” He was arrested, suffered torture, and on 21st March 1815, died in prison.
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