|Saints on money -- Not sure how I feel about that...|
|Martyrs: Roque, Joao, and Alfonso|
|Watch out for Nheçu|
|Roque, with heart and dart|
|Jeremy Irons, more Roque than Rogue|
In the end, though, it was neither the Spanish authorities nor the slave-hunters that did him in. Chief Nheçu, a regional leader intent on keeping all European settlement out of his realm, had Father Roque and two other Jesuits (João de Castilho and Afonso Rodrigues) assassinated. Roque's heart (I mean this in the literal sense of the actual organ that pumped blood) and the dart that stopped it from beating are preserved in the Chapel of the Martyrs in Asuncion.
The film The Mission, starring Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel and Robert de Niro as a slave-hunter, is said to be loosely based on the life of Father Roque (also called Roch and Rocco).