Blessed is He who comes...

Sunday, April 05, 2020 - Messianic Entry - Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 21, 1-11 - For us, Christ became obedient, even unto death, and the death of the cross. That is why God exalted him: he endowed him with the Name which is above every name.

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March 23 - Born on November 16, 1538 in Mayorga in the Province of León, Spain, he is appointed, although a layman, president of the Tribunal of the Inquisition in Granada by King Philip II of Spain in 1572. Eight years later, still a layman, he was appointed Archbishop of Lima, then capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

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He received the priesthood and embarked for his diocese, where he arrived on May 24, 1581. On his arrival, he measured the extent of the diocese and deplored the lack of priests and the misery of the population, which was exploited by the colonists.

Turibio travelled through the immense territory under his care, made contact with the inhabitants, tried to alleviate the misery of the Indians, and came up against the authority of the King of Spain. His diocese is as big as half of France. He visited it three times. His first visit lasted seven years. The clergy is few and of poor quality, the population miserable and exploited by the colonists.

Turibio travels tirelessly through his diocese, making contact with everyone and relieving the Indians as best he can. He has to reform and instruct the clergy. He founded seminaries, including that of Lima, the first seminary in Latin America, built churches and schools, and convened synods. He built chapels, convents, roads, schools, hospitals, mostly on foot, braving windstorms, diseases and wild animals. Sick, he died in Santa, March 23, 1606.