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St Paul Miki & Companions

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St. Paul Miki was born in Japan around 1565 and became a Jesuit Priest. He preached the Gospel with great success. In 1597, St. Paul and 25 of his companions, consisting of 2 Jesuits, 6 Franciscans, 15 tertiaries and 2 laymen, were crucified by order of the ruler, Hideyoshi, on February 5th in Nagasaki. In 1862 they were the first martyrs of the Far East to be canonized. Also, a Mexican, Philip of Jesus, who was with the group, was the first martyr of the Americas to be beatified.

"I Forgive . . . "