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Motolinía, Toribio de
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(Toribio de Benavente; Paredes; 1490?, Benavente, Zamora, Spain – Aug 9, 1569?, Mexico), OFM, one of the “12 apostles” who went to Mexico in 1524 under the leadership of M. de Valencia in order to establish “the true church of Christ” in the spirit of mystical millenarianism. He advocated and practiced the Franciscan ideal of poverty; the Nahuatl called him “the poor man” (in Náhuatl: Motolinea). In 1531 he co-founded the town of Puebla de los Angeles, and became guardian of the convents in México, Texcoco, Huejotzingo, Tlaxcala, and elsewhere;…

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Nebel, Richard, “Motolinía, Toribio de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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