Millions of Catholics populate the Philippines and India while Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the USA represent ever-increasing proportions -- and the worldwide Church is reaping the benefits.
The stories of numerous Asian saints, many of them martyrs, are recounted in Saints of Asia: 1500 to the Present. Among the heroic stories of the holy men and women in Asia are Saint Andrew Dung Lac an Train and Saint Paul Miki, S.J., who was reported to have said his position on the cross was "the noblest pulpit he had ever filled." After being crucified, he and twenty-five other martyrs were systematically slain by a sword that pierced their hearts.
Besides the official martyrs, approximately thirty thousand Chinese Catholics were killed during the two-month Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.
Also told are stories of those well-known saints who ministered extensively on the continent, including Saint Francis Xavier and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.