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.
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.