There were 26 Japanese Catholic converts put to death at Nagasaki on February 5, 1596, by order of the shogun, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Hideyoshi banned Christianity earlier that year fearing that Portuguese and Spanish missionaries were preparing for a Japanese invasion by the West. As many as 4,000 Catholics were executed by 1651, following arduous torture.
February 5, 1596
- 26 Martyrs of Japan – Wikipedia
26 Martyrs of Japan. The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan (Japanese: 日本二十六聖人, Hepburn: Nihon Nijūroku Seijin) were a group of Catholics who were executed by crucifixion on February 5, 1597, at Nagasaki. Their martyrdom is especially significant in the history of the Catholic Church in Japan.
- Martyrs of Japan – Wikipedia
The Martyrs of Japan were Christian missionaries and followers who were persecuted and executed, mostly during the Tokugawa shogunate period in the 17th century. More than 400 martyrs of Japan have been recognized with beatification by the Catholic …
- CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Japanese Martyrs – New Advent
The most famous of the Japanese martyrs are the twenty-six who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597, but thousands of other Japanese died for the faith between …
- Martyrs of Japan
Dec 5, 2015 – Biography and Readings for the Martyrs of Japan, commemorated Feb. … The first victims were six Franciscan friars and twenty of their converts, … Catholic missionaries who first arrived in Japan with the Portugese in 1543.
- Library : The Nagasaki Martyrs | Catholic Culture
This is an account of the martyrs of Nagasaki, 26 Catholics who died for their faith in Japan in 1597. Larger Work. Catholic Heritage. Pages. 25 – 28. Publisher & …