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Andres Ubilla

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UBILLA, Andres (oo-beel'-yah), Mexican R. C. bishop, born in Guipuzcoa, Spain, about 1540; died in Chiapa, Mexico, in 1601. He went in his youth with his parents to Mexico, where he entered the Dominican order in 1559, and was graduated in law and theology in 1568. He became professor of theology in the University of Mexico, superior of the convents of Mexico and Oaxaca, rector of the College of San Luis de la Puebla, and provincial of his order in 1582.

 

In 1589 he went to Spain to complain against the viceroy, the Marquis of Villamanrique, who was oppressing the Indians, and by his dispute with the audiencia of Guadalajara threatened to precipitate a civil war. Ubilla was well received by King Philip II, obtaining the removal of Villamanrique and the appointment of Luis de Velasco.

 

Shortly after his return to Mexico, Ubilla was appointed bishop of Chiapa and consecrated in 1592. He founded during his government a convent for the nuns of the Incarnation, extended his cathedral, and added to his diocese the province of Soconusco, which had belonged to Guatemala. In 1600 he was named bishop of Michoacan, but he died before receiving the papal bull of confirmation.

 

Besides many Latin works on ecclesiastical law which are in the Dominican convent of Oaxaca, he wrote "El Sitio y Destrucción de Jerusalem por Tito y Vespasiano," a manuscript in the Aztec language, which formerly was in the Franciscan convent of Texcoco, but is now preserved in the National library of Mexico.

 

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UBILLA, Andres (oo-beel'-yah), Mexican R. C. bishop, born in Guipuzcoa, Spain, about 1540; died in Chiapa, Mexico, in 1601. He went in his youth with his parents to Mexico, where he entered the Dominican order in 1559, and was graduated in law and theology in 1568. He became professor of theology in the University of Mexico, superior of the convents of Mexico and Oaxaca, rector of the College of San Luis de la Puebla, and provincial of his order in 1582. In 1589 he went to Spain to complain against the viceroy, the Marquis of Villamanrique, who was oppressing the Indians, and by his dispute with the audiencia of Guadalajara threatened to precipitate a civil war. Ubilla was well received by King Philip II., obtaining the removal of Villamanrique and the appointment of Luis de Velasco. Shortly after his return to Mexico, Ubilla was appointed bishop of Chiapa and consecrated in 1592. He founded during his government a convent for the nuns of the Incarnation, extended his cathedral, and added to his diocese the province of Soconusco, which had belonged to Guatemala. In 1600 he was named bishop of Michoacan, but he died before receiving the papal bull of confirmation. Besides many Latin works on ecclesiastical law which are in the Dominican convent of Oaxaca, he wrote "El Sitio y Destruccion de Jerusalem pot Tito y Vespasiano," a manuscript in the Aztec language, which formerly was in the Franciscan convent of Texcoco, but is now preserved in the National library of Mexico.

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