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Pierre Henri Dorie
was a French missionary of the Paris Foreign Missions Society
The Society of Foreign Missions of Paris is a Roman Catholic missionary organization. It is not a religious order, but an organization of secular priests and lay persons dedicated to missionary work in foreign lands....
, who was martyred in Korea
Korea ) is an East Asian geographic region that is currently divided into two separate sovereign states — North Korea and South Korea. Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and is separated from Japan to the...
in 1866. He was born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Talmont
Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.Richard I of England often had his base in Talmont, and built the fortress of the commune....
The Vendée is a department in the Pays-de-la-Loire region in west central France, on the Atlantic Ocean. The name Vendée is taken from the Vendée river which runs through the south-eastern part of the department.-History:...
Following the arrest and execution of Bishop Siméon-François Berneux
Siméon-François Berneux was a French Catholic missionary, and a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society who was canonized as a saint....
on 7 March 1866, all but three of the French missionaries in Korea were also captured and executed: among them were Bishop Siméon Berneux, Bishop Antoine Daveluy, Father Just de Bretenières, Father Louis Beaulieu, Father Pierre Henri Dorie, Father Pierre Aumaître, Father Luc Martin Huin, all of them members of the Paris Foreign Missions Society.
The persecutions triggered the French Campaign against Korea
The French campaign against Korea of 1866 is also known as Byeong-in yangyo . It refers to the French invasion of Ganghwa Island in Korea in retaliation for the earlier execution by Korea's Joseon Dynasty of French Catholic priests proselytizing in that country...
in October-November 1866.
Like the other martyrs, Pierre Henri Dorie was canonized by Pope John Paul II
Blessed Pope John Paul II , born Karol Józef Wojtyła , reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005, at of age. His was the second-longest documented pontificate, which lasted ; only Pope Pius IX ...
on 6 May 1984 under the name Peter Henricus Dorie.