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Pedro de Cordova

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Born at Cordova, Andalusia, Spain, about 1460; died on the Island of Santo Domingo, 1525. He studied theology at the University of Salamanca and there joined the Dominicans. About 1510 he went to Santo Domingo, founding the Santa Cruz province of the order. He was a zealous protector of the Indians and a friend of Las Casas. His book, "Doctrina cristiana para instruccion é informacion de los Indios por manera de historia", was printed in 1544 at Mexico by directions of Bishop Zumárraga. It was destined for the education of the Indians, chiefly of the islands, and is one of the earliest books of catechism known to have been composed in America. Fray Pedro was the first inquisitor appointed in the New World. He enjoyed the reputation of a model priest, highly respected by the clergy, the laity, and the Indians.


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APA citation. Bandelier, A.F. (1911). Pedro de Cordova. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11601c.htm

MLA citation. Bandelier, Adolph Francis. "Pedro de Cordova." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11601c.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Elizabeth T. Knuth.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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