This week in religion history: How to be martyred and beatified after stopping an invasion during a 100-year war

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April 7

1250: Louis IX of France, later dubbed Saint Louis, was captured by Egyptian Muslims during his ill-fated Crusade.

1506: The renowned Christian missionary Francis Xavier, later to become a disciple of Ignatius Loyola, a teacher in India and a saint, was born in the Spanish kingdom of Navarre.

1824: The first complete performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis was held in St. Petersburg, Russia. He spent over a year researching the history of church music so he could integrate the original styles into the mass.

April 8

626: Maedoc of Ferns, an early Irish believer in Jesus Christ, died. He established a Christian community in Wexford, where he gave shelter to babies who survived primitive abortion surgeries at the hands of pagan Druids. The community still survives.

1541: St. Francis Xavier, who was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, left Portugal to serve as a missionary…

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