SAINT PAUL MIKI AND COMPANIONS

MARTYRS OF JAPAN

FEAST DAY:  FEBRUARY 6TH

Paul Miki was born at Tounucumada in Japan.  He was educated in a Jesuit seminary and he joined the Society of Jesus in 1580.  He became a great preacher and evangelist of the Catholic faith in Japan.  He along with  twenty five other Catholics were arrested by Japanese government officials for preaching the Catholic faith.  They were taken to a hill called Nishizaka near Nagasaki, Japan.  All were bound to crosses, which were erected on the hill and then they were murdered by being pierced in the abdomens with lances.  These holy martyrs were canonized on Pentecost Sunday in 1862 by Pope Pius IX.