This sixteenth century saint was a co-founder, with St Ignatius Loyola, of the Society of Jesus. His desire to spread the Gospel led him as far afield as India, South East Asia, and Japan. He died on this day in 1552, in Shangchuan.

He said: ‘When trying to evangelise, no tool is more effective than that of personal witness. … People can argue with points of doctrine, but no-one can argue with a personal testimony!’

May we, too, be ready to bear personal witness to our faith when it is asked of us, and may God bless you this day.