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Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan (日本二十六聖人殉教地)

 

Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki reminds us of the Martyrdom of 26 Japanese Saints.

Their long trek to the Cross, verification of their faith in God and their chant for 
ascension are well visualized with memorial made by Yasutake Funakoshi.

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.

 

 
By putting them to death, Hideyoshi threatened people, 
saying “I hereby ban Christianity”.
Responded the martyrs’ chant “All people, bless God!” 
Death and life, liberty and persecution and Dictators and 
the people confronted on Nishizaka Hill.
 
The martyrs are immortal.
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.
A monument dedicated to them was built on June 10 in 1962.

 

 

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