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Bartholomew of The Martyrs

1514-1590. Archbishop of Braga, in Portugal. He became a Dominican friar in 1528 and later taught philosophy and theology for twenty years before, against his wishes, he was elevated to the archiepiscopate (1558). In the Trent sessions of 1562-63 he introduced clerical reforms, enforcing the conciliar decrees strictly in his provincial council of 1566. He began a seminary in his palace, instituted chairs of moral theology in Braga and Viana do Castelo, composed a catechism, preached vigorously, and visited methodically his nearly 1,300 parishes. Resigning his see in 1582, he retired to the Dominican priory of Viana do Castelo. He was the author of more than thirty works.