February 6 marks the feast of St. Paul Miki, SJ, a Japanese Jesuit novice who was killed for his faith in 1597. Twenty-five other Christians were killed with him: two were Jesuits, six were Franciscans and 17 were laypersons. St. Miki was passionate about spreading the faith and challenging Buddhist teachings.
In 1587, ten years prior to his death, Catholic missionaries had been ordered to leave Japan. On February 5, 1597 the 26 Christians were brought to Nagasaki where they were crucified.
Click below to view a short video about the saint and his companions.