Colombia / Louis Bertran, 1526–1581, Feast Day: October 9

Though he was only in Central America for six years, Louis Bertran baptized tens of thousands of people. A Spanish speaker, he had the gift of tongues, which helped the native population understand him. A warrior tribe made a failed attempt to poison him. On his return to Spain, he trained other preachers and campaigned against the cruelty of the Spanish soldiers in the New World.

Other patronages: Panama

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