St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
St. Paul Miki was born between 1564 and 1566 in Japan. After the early missionary efforts of Bishop John of Albuquerque and St. Francis Xavier in 1548-1549, Christianity was on the rise in Japan. In 1597, when approximately 200,000 Christians were identified, Japan issued an edict of persecution towards Christians.
St. Paul and his Companions were a group of Franciscans, Jesuits, and Japanese Christians identified through the edict. The 26 individuals were arrested, mutilated, and martyred at the hill of Nagasaki. They are remembered for their courage, dedication, and joy despite the religious persecution they endured. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
 Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
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