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Jesuit Martyrs of Japan

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On 6 February in 1597, St Paul Miki, a layman, and 25 others were martyred in Nagasaki. This painting, dating to the mid-17th-century was painted in the Japanese style and shows the Jesuit Martyrs …More
On 6 February in 1597, St Paul Miki, a layman, and 25 others were martyred in Nagasaki. This painting, dating to the mid-17th-century was painted in the Japanese style and shows the Jesuit Martyrs of Japan who were tortured and executed at Nagasaki in that century. Above them is St Francis Xavier, apostle of Japan, with St Paul Miki and two of his companions.

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It's obvious Paul Miki is up front on this because he's Japanese (and perhaps because he's a Jesuit) but only three of these martyrs were Jesuits. The rest were Franciscan: 6 Spanish Franciscans (all priests I think) and 15 members of the Third Order. For us Franciscans it's the feast of their martyrdom: St. Peter Baptist and his companions. Our Office of Readings has a beautiful passage from …More
It's obvious Paul Miki is up front on this because he's Japanese (and perhaps because he's a Jesuit) but only three of these martyrs were Jesuits. The rest were Franciscan: 6 Spanish Franciscans (all priests I think) and 15 members of the Third Order. For us Franciscans it's the feast of their martyrdom: St. Peter Baptist and his companions. Our Office of Readings has a beautiful passage from his last letter home just a few days before they were martyred and knew it would be by crucifixion. I pray I have that faith and courage in the face of suffering and death.
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