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Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores Shrine
Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores Shrine Guam The Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores Shrine was built to honor the Spanish cleric Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores who arrived on the island of Guam leading a group of Jesuit missionaries in 1668. On his arrival on Guam Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores established schools and churches on the island. On April 2, 1672, Padre San Vitores was killed by two Chamorro chiefs, Chief Mata'pang and Hurao when he baptized the chief's daughter at the request of the mother, but without the consent of Chief Mata'pang. The death of Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores lead to an
all-out war between the native Chamorro's and the Spanish settlers. The war resulted in the almost extinction of the Chamorro people, but the Christian church continued to have a great influence in the Chamorro people and culture of the island. Today, the main road running through Tumon bears the name of the Spanish cleric, and a shrine and statue of Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores baptizing Chief Mata'pang's daughter with the mother, and a sword wielding chief standing over them is located where the slaying took place toward the northern end of Tumon Bay between the Guam Reef Hotel and Sails restaurant.
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