ST. JOHN DE PRADO, PRIEST, M.
HE was a native of the kingdom of Leon, in Spain,
and embraced in his own country the austere order of the Barefooted
Observantin Franciscans. Being sent by the authority of the
Congregation de Propagandâ Fide to preach the faith in the
kingdoms of Fez and Morocco, he discharged himself with so great zeal
that the Mahometans cast him into a dungeon loaded with chains. The
holy confessor suffered with constancy and joy most cruel scourgings
and other inhuman torments, and consummated his martyrdom by fire on
the 24th of May, on which his name is inserted in the Franciscan
Martyrology, by order of Benedict XIV. He was solemnly beatified by
Benedict XIII. in 1728. See that pope’s Bull, t. 10; Bullar.,
part 4, p. 333.