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Saint Peter Ou

Articles | November 7, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

The Life and Legacy of St. Peter Ou, One of China’s Martyrs

Peter Ou was born into a non-Christian family in 1768, but he would eventually become one of China’s most celebrated martyrs. As a young man, he was known for his outspoken nature and his commitment to justice, which led him to defend the poor and oppressed.

After marrying and starting his own business, a large hotel, he became one of the first people in his area to convert to Christianity upon the arrival of missionaries. He was baptized with the name Peter and became an avid preacher of the faith, as well as a lay leader for the converts in his district. He also worked as a catechist.

In 1814, St. Peter Ou was imprisoned and tortured during a violent crackdown on the Christian faith. Despite the harsh conditions, he continued to inspire his fellow prisoners with his unwavering faith and led prayer services in their cells. Ultimately, he was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his faith by stepping on a crucifix.

Peter Ou’s remarkable life and sacrifice were honored in 2000 when he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

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