Saint Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuits, dies in China. A Jesuit priest who joined the Society of Jesus after personally meeting Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier is one of that group's founding members and has been leading missionary work in the East.
Francis Xavier went to Goa, India, first, and while there he baptized a large number of lower caste Indians but did not have much success with the higher castes.
Afterwards Xavier moved on to Malacca in Malaya, where he met a Japanese nobleman and decided to take his missionary work there. He arrived in Japan in 1549 and spent two years successfully establishing Christianity as a new and growing religion. He then began preparations to move on to the Chinese mainland, but he died on the Portugese base on Shangchuan Island before that could happen.