Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan
Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki reminds us of the Martyrdom of 26 Japanese Saints.
On February 5, 1597, Paulo Miki and 25 others were crucified for their belief in God on
order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The martyrs including four Spaniards, one from Goa, India,
one Mexican and 20 Japanese demonstrated their spiritual unity despite differences in races,
ages and professions.
Nishizaka hill, the site of
Martyrdom in 1597
The martyrs said that
” All people, bless God ! ”
The 26 Japanese martyrs have
been canonized in 1862
In 1862, the 26 Japanese martyrs were canonized by Pope Pius IX. In 1956, the place of
their martyrdom was designated as a Historical Place by Nagasaki Prefecture.
Location of Nagasaki-city
|Address||7-8 Nishizaka-cho, Nagasaki-city|
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