Twenty-six Martyrs of Nagasaki
Today is feast Twenty-six Martyrs crucified at Nagasaki. In 1596 the Emperor of Japan cracked down on the Christians, ordering twenty-six of the leading offenders for the penalty of death by crucifixion.
These twenty-six martyrs (St. Paul Miki & Companions) beatified in 1627 by Pope Urban VIII, were canonized by Pius IX, June 8, 1862, on the feast of Pentecost, in the presence of about three hundred bishops who had come from all parts of the world. Their feast is fixed for the 5th of February, the day on which they consummated their sacrifice.
We publish the history of Martyrs of Nagasaki in section: Saints of Virgin Mary.