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The Franciscan missionary who supervised the first translation of the entire Bible into Chinese will be beatified on September 29 in his native Sicily.
Fr Gabriele was born in 1907. He entered the Franciscan seminary at 11 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1930. He left for the missions in China the next year. He founded the Studium Biblicum Fransciscanum in Beijing in 1945 and three years later departed for Hong Kong. He died there in 1976.