Alessandro Valignano

Alessandro Valignano, sometimes Valignani (Chinese: 范禮安 Fàn Lǐ’ān) (February 1539 January 20, 1606)[1] was an Italian Jesuit priest and missionary born in Chieti, part of the Kingdom of Naples, who helped supervise the introduction of Catholicism to the Far East, and especially to Japan and China. Jesuit historian Thomas J. Campbell called him "the greatest man of the [Jesuit] missions in the East after Francis Xavier."[2]

The Reverend

Fr. Alessandro Valignano

Alessandro Valignano, circa 1599.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Personal details
BornFebruary 1539
Chieti, Italy
DiedJanuary 20, 1606 (aged 67)