He was born in Catalonia, in Spain, in 1807. He was ordained a priest in 1835. He was a missioner in his own country and in the Canary Islands, which are just off the northwest coast of Africa. He formed a group of priests into an Order known as the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — also known as the Claretians. He was made Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba, in 1851. He was recalled to Spain in 1857. He was exiled with his queen in the revolution there of 1868. Many attempts were made on his life. He is the one saint so far canonized who was present at the Vatican Council of 1869-1870.
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