Blessed Petrus Kasui Kibe

statue Blessed Petrus Kasui Kibe by Yasutake FunakoshiAlso known as

  • the Japanese Marco Polo

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Raised in a Christian family, Kibe early felt called to the priesthood, and began studying at seminary at age 13. He began studying Jesuit spirituality in 1606. When the Japanese government ordered the deportation of Christians in 1614, Kibe was exiled to the Portuguese colony in Macau; he spent his time there studying Latin and theology. He travelled to Rome, Italy, to continue his studies for the priesthood, a trip that took three years, covering thousands of miles on land and sea, on the way becoming the first Japanese Christian to visit Jerusalem. The Jesuits in Rome had received a letter from Macau recommending that they not even talk to Kasui, but they did and found him sufficiently educated and well suited for the priesthood. Ordained a priest at the Basilica of Saint John Latern on 15 November 1620. He continued his studies with the Jesuits in Rome, and took his vows as a Jesuit in Lisbon, Portugal in 1622. In 1623 he and 20 brother Jesuits sailed for India, arriving in Goa in 1624. Father Kibe wanted to return to Japan, but priests were forbidden to enter the country, and he had trouble finding anyone who would take him there. He finally found a ship that would take him from Manila, Phillippines to Kagoshima, Japan in 1630. For the next nine years he travelled northeast Japan, hiding from authorities and ministering to covert Christians. He was finally captured in 1639, imprisoned, sent to Edo (modern Tokyo) where he met Cristóvão Ferreira who had renounce Christianity; Ferreira tried to get Kibe to renouce his faith while Father Kibe tried to get Ferreira to return to the Church. Kibe was repeatedly tortured but instead of renouncing Christianity he encouraged his fellow prisoners to not lose faith. Martyr.

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Beatified

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  • “Blessed Petrus Kasui Kibe“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 July 2018. Web. 16 November 2018. <>