Archive for October, 2009

by / on October 30, 2009 at 9:04 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

Xavier's preaching method.

Without waiting for any order or permission of the king, father Francis decided that we should preach in the streets of Yamaguchi. This we did in the following manner. We (Francis and Fernandez) stood at the crossings where the people were abundant. I first read from the book an account of the creation of the world. Then in a loud […]

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by / on October 30, 2009 at 8:11 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

Anectodes from Francis Xavier while in Japan.

Xavier frequently visited the Buddhist monasteries in Kagoshima. The abbot of one, belonging to the Zen sect was named Ninjit. He became very friendly with Xavier and often discussed religious questions with him. This abbot did not have a very high opinion of his associates, for when Xavier once found the monks engaged in the ceremony of meditation as practiced […]

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by / on October 30, 2009 at 7:24 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

Letters From Francis Xavier while in Japan.

” Do Your best at the college (Goa, India)  to instruct and train the Chinese and Japanese boys, above all watching over their souls. Let them learn to read, write and speak Portuguese so that they may be interpreters for the Fathers who, if it so pleases God, shall before many years come to Japan and China. It does not […]

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by / on October 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm / in Uncategorized

Visit to the Hikone Castle!

Hikone Castle (彦根城, Hikone-jō?) is the most famous historical site in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. This Edo period castle traces its origin to 1603 when Ii Naokatsu, son of the former daimyo Ii Naomasa, ordered its construction. The keep was originally built in 1575, as part of Ōtsu Castle, and was moved to Hikone by the Ii clan. Other parts […]

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by / on October 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Francis Xavier

In 1542 Xavier, along with two other Jesuits arrived in Goa,India. In this city, the capital of the Portuguese possessions, he began his missionary labors that have made his name famous. In Malacca in December 1547 Francis Xavier met a Japanese from Kagoshima named Anjiro. Anjiro had heard from Francis in 1545 and had traveled from Kagoshima to Malacca with […]

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by / on October 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Christopher Columbus

The first attempt to carry the Gospel to Japan was made by Columbus. Nearly 2 centuries before the discoverer of America set out upon his memorable voyage, a Venetian merchant, who was confined in a prison of Genoa, the city that after wards became the birthplace of Columbus. The prisoner, who had spent many years traveling though distant lands, was […]

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by / on October 12, 2009 at 11:04 am / in The Protestant Missions

Christianity in Japan. (short history)

Present: Today, about one to two million Japanese are Christians (about 1% of Japan’s population). Most of them live in Western Japan where the missionaries’ activities were greatest during the 16th century. A few Christian customs have become quite popular also among the non-Christian population. Such customs are the wearing of white dresses at weddings or the celebration of St.Valentine’s […]

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by / on October 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm / in Uncategorized

Abraham and his son Isaac

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by / on October 9, 2009 at 2:55 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Protestants in Japan

Protestants in Japan Presbyterian minister Divie Bethune McCartee was the first Protestant Christian missionary to visit Japan, in 1861–1862. His gospel tract translated into Japanese was the first Protestant literature in Japan. In 1865 McCartee moved back to Ningbo, China, but others have followed in his footsteps. There was a burst of growth of Christianity in the late 1800s when […]

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by / on October 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Visit of general William Booth, founder of the salvation Army in 1907 to Japan

General Booth’s name was already well know to the reading public. Placards bearing his portrait and advertising his meetings were posted in all cities to be visited by him, so that his name was in everybody’s mouth. The Japanese who are hero worshipers, were eager to see a person so famous. As one Christian paper said: “No other person in […]

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