5 February 1597 – The Martyrs of Japan

The Martyrs of JapanSaint Garcia wasn’t the only person executed on this day in 1597. There were 25 others to boot, and the posse became known as the 26 Martyrs of Japan.

The Christian collective was rounded up and crucified in 1597 at Nagasaki, because the Japanese emperor was convinced they were going to try and overthrow him.

The group consisted of six Franciscan missionaries from Europe (of whom Garcia was one), three Jesuits and 17 laymen from Japan. Three of them even turned out to be young boys. They were executed en masse, all hoisted up on crosses then speared through their hearts.

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One Response to “5 February 1597 – The Martyrs of Japan”

  1. I am so happy to find this blog or entry on Gonsalo Garcia. I am a native of Mumbai and have some ancestors in Vasai, where St Gonsalo Garcia was born.

    Today am in MACAU, CHina, where his mortal remains are in St Pauls Ruins. I am so happy to have been able to visit his place of mortal remains.

    Somewhere in my youth, or childhood, I must have done something good…. to get this gift.

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