Saturday, February 6, 2021
Twenty six martyrs were crucified on a hillside overlooking Nagasaki, Japan in the year 1597. The best known of these was Br. Paul Miki, a native Japanese Jesuit. The group also included Franciscans and lay people, including children. The Japanese rulers were suspicious of those spreading Christianity in Japan. The martyrs were forced to march 600 miles before being executed.
St. Paul Miki forgave his persecutors before he was crucified. He is the patron saint of Japan.