Book of Saints – Martyrs of Japan


(Saints) (February 5) (16th century) Twenty-six holy men, early missionaries and converts in Japan, where shortly before Saint Francis Xavier had introduced Christianity. Among these twenty-six, Saint Philip of Jesus (Las Casas) is the first named. Some of them were European missionaries (Franciscans and Jesuits), the others natives of the country. They were the first in Japan to shed their blood for Christ, being by order of the Emperor Taicosama, crucified near Nangasaki, A.D. 1597. They were canonised by Pope Pius IX (A.D. 1862). Subsequently to their death, the Church of Japan was all but extinguished in the blood of its hundred thousand Martyrs.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Japan”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2013. Web. 12 April 2021. <>