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The Samurai With The Cross

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Last week 188 Japanese martyrs were beatified at Nagasaki. Put to death between 1606 and 1639, they were led by Fr Peter Kibe Kasui who was converted by St Francis Xavier's group of Jesuit missionaries. Within 50 years, the Jesuits had converted 400,000 Japanese to Christianity.

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1 comments:

aquinasadmirer said...

I've stood on that ground where the statue of the 26 martyrs is. (It's shown briefly in the video)

Standing there, seeing the images of those heroic martyrs, with their feet pointed down, and their eyes up toward heaven, was a profound experience I shall never forget. The hair on the back of my neck stood up for a moment.

For me, it's a reminder that being able to freely go to Mass is a sublime privilege, and missing is such a loss.


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