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John of Montecorvino
b. 1247 – d. 1328 • Franciscan • Missionary • Religious group founder
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John of Monte Corvino
John of Monte Corvino (died c. 1330)Italian Franciscan; first Western missionary to reach ChinaThe Mongol Empire opened the doors to missionaries from the Roman Catholic Church just when the Dominicans and Franciscans, the church’s two chief missionary orders, were beginning to expand. In 1289 John,