Skip to content

188 Japanese Martyrs Beatified

By
11/25/2008 (8 years ago)
Asia News (www.asianews.it/)

188 martyrs were beatified in Nagasaki, Japan at an outdoor event attended by 30,000 pilgrims.

Highlights

By
Asia News (www.asianews.it/)
11/25/2008 (8 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific


ROME (AsiaNews) - At least 30,000 people took part this morning in the beatification of 188 Japanese martyrs in Nagasaki's Big N-Baseball stadium. They included delegations from the Churches of Korea, Philippines and South-East Asia. The ceremony was led by Card José Saraiva Martins, a representative of Pope Benedict XVI and former Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Under pouring rain Cardinal Saraiva Martins said that martyrdom was an element ever-present in the history of the Church, something that accompanied the lives of the faithful.

The new blessed martyrs died between 1606 and 1639, but anti-Christian persecution lasted for more than two centuries in Japan.Some of the martyrs died on the cross; others were drowned, burnt or beheaded.

AsiaNews asked Fr Giorgio Ferrari, a PIME missionary in Japan for the past 17 years, a few questions about them.

What value does the Japanese Church place in this beatification?

I explained to my parishioners in Miura (Tokyo) the value of martyrdom and told how important this event was. It is the most important thing for the Japanese Church, second only to John Paul II's visit in 1981. Catholics are edified and proud of this event.At times the Japanese Church seems involved more in dialogue with religions and with society, papering over differences. These martyrs remind us that faith and the world can be in conflict . . . .This is an element that we highlight in our catechesis to parishioners. For their part their raise questions and show wonderment that these martyrs could give their life for Jesus Christ.

Does the beatification resonate with the Japanese population?

Today in Japan people are looking for strong values. Every day they are faced with painful problems like suicide, youth crime, families in crisis, a declining economy . . . . All this tends to undermine old certainties and brings people to seek out values that seem more stable and challenging. People are truly seeking God. The beatification of the martyrs can offer an answer to this desire for the truth in life.


Comments


More Asia Pacific

North Korea's secret strategy slips out, and WHY they are developing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the USA Watch

Image of North Korean artillery on parade. It isn't their nukes we should be worried about, but rather their divisive diplomatic policy, designed to frighten the United States and South Korea apart. Once separated, the South becomes vulnerable, and the North strikes.

North Korea's strategy may have been revealed by Christopher Hill, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia. According to ... continue reading


President Duterte apologizes for martial law, promises to rebuild as terrorists are down to a few neighborhoods Watch

Image of President Duterte has declared martial law in the city, that was momentarily overrun by terrorists. As the terrorists are crushed and the citizens begin to return, the work rebuilding begins.

President Duterte has apologized for declaring martial law in the city of Marawi, and he has vowed to rebuild after driving out ISIS-linked ... continue reading


Catholics violently terrorized by gangs in Vietnam Watch

Image of Vietnamese Catholics are the latest targets of a youth gang.

Vietnamese Catholics have become the targets of terror and hate crimes in north-east Vietnam. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According ... continue reading


Christians remain under seige in Marawi, reduced to eating cloth to survive Watch

Image of The army has rescued hundreds of people, but 300-600 Christians still remain trapped in the city.

Christians are fleeing the city of Marawi in the Philippines, after Islamic terrorists affiliated with ISIS began killing and kidnapping ... continue reading


Expert discovers North Korea is now one step away from striking the USA. Here are the options on President Trump's table Watch

Image of Kim Jong Un views a launch from a distance.

With reports that North Korea is just a single step away from developing a nuclear weapon that can strike the continental United States, ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.