After receiving ordination and then consecration, he arrived in Peru in
1581 and soon demonstrated a deep zeal to reform the archdiocese and a determination to do all in
his power to aid the poor and defend the rights of the Indians who were then suffering severely
under Spanish occupation. He founded schools, churches, hospitals, and the first seminary in the New
World. To assist his pastoral work among the Indians, he also mastered several Indian dialects. He
was canonized in 1726.
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