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FERIA, Pedro (fa'rea), Mexican bishop, born in Feria, Estremadura, Spain, in 1524; died in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1588. He was ordained in the cloister of San Estebande Salamanca on 5 February 1545. received the degree of doctor in theology, and in 1551 was sent to Mexico, entering the lnissions of the Zapotec Indians, in whose language he preached and published several religious books. He was elected superior of the imperial convent of Mexico, 20 May 1557, went to Florida as provineial vicar in 1560, and in 1567 was appointed provincial of the province of Santiago in Mexico, returning in 1570 to Spain as ecclesiastical attor neygeneral.
After some time he retired to the convent of Salamanca as director of novices, and was appointed bishop of Chiapas, taking possession of his diocese in 1575. He was called to the third Mexican provincial council in 1585, but on his voyage he broke a leg in Oajaca, and had to remain there for nearly a year to be cured. He wrote from there to the council "Tratado candnico reneitido desde Oajaca al concilio provincial de Mexico" and " De la preferencia de los regulates para los curatos de los Indios," which are printed and preserved in the library of the College of San Gregorio in Mexico, with his "Vocabulario de la lengua Zapoteca," which is still considered as a Textbook.
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