Archive for April, 2010

by / on April 25, 2010 at 11:26 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

The Resurrected Church (1855-1867)

Though the United States in 1854 negotiated a treaty with Japan, this and the similar arrangements made by other Western nations did not provide for the residence of foreigners in the country. It was, however, evident that the first breach had been made in the barriers that shut the Japanese away from other peoples and that the time could not […]

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by / on April 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Loochoo (1844-1853)

Though missionaries were unable to enter Japan, the Roman Catholic Church could not forget the land where its efforts had once been crowned with so great success, and where so many martyrs had consecrated the soil by their blood. Many were the prayers that the country which had been the scene of such triumphs and such sufferings might again be […]

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by / on April 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm / in Uncategorized

Chureito Peace Pagoda!


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by / on April 13, 2010 at 11:06 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

Shimabara Revolution continued!

As the English factory had been discontinued, the Dutch were now the only Europeans remaining in Japan. They did not escape suspicion, notwithstanding their attempts to make it plain that their religion was very different from that of the Spanish and Portuguese. In 1640, they came very near to getting into serious trouble through having inscribed the Christian date on […]

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by / on April 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions


The new Lord of Arima exhibited like cruelty towards those whose only offense was a belief in Christianity. He soon gained the reputation of being the most successful extortioner of recantations that Japan had yet seen. His son, Matsukura Shigetsugu, who succeeded him in 1630, imitated his father’s virulence against the Christians, but was not so skillful a ruler. He […]

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by / on April 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions


Ieyasu died June 1, 1616. This brought no relief to the Christians, for Hidetada was more violent against them than his father had ever been. Will Adams wrote: “Now this year 1616, the old Emperor died. His son reigned in his place, and he is more hot against the Romish religion than his father was: for he hath forbidden through […]

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