Foreiro Francisco

Foreiro Francisco

(Forerius, Franciscus), a Portuguese Dominican monk, was born at Lisbon is 1523, and, entering early into the Dominican order, was sent by John III to study theology in the University of Paris. On his return to Lisbon he was charged with the education of the young prince Antonio, and was appointed preacher to the king. Among the Portuguese, at the Council. of Trent he held the first place. He offered to preach before the council in any language. The council sent him on a mission to Pius IV, who made Foreiro confessor to his nephew, cardinal Charles Borromeo. He was employed to reform the Breviary and the Roman Missal, and to aid in the preparation of the "Catechism of the Council of Trent." On his return to Portugal he was chosen prior of the Dominican convent at Lisbon in 1568. He died January 10, 1587. His principal work is Isaiae Prophetae vetus et nova ex Hebraico Versio cum Commentario, etc. (Venice, 1563, fol.), inserted in the fifth volume of the Critici Sacri.—Echard et Quetif, Script. Ord. Prod. 2:261; Hook, Eccles. Biogr. 5:161; Hoefer, Nouv. Biogr. Generale, 18:170.

 
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