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by / on March 21, 2010 at 3:27 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

INCREASED PERSECUTION UNDER IEYASU (1598-1616)

Hideyoshi, shortly before his death, had appointed a board of five Regents, with Tokugawa Ieyasu at their head. Under their direction was another board of five ministers. To these last was committed the care of Hideyoshi’s son, Hideyori, who was then six years old. Ieyasu, who was born in 1542, had served under both Nobunaga and Hideyoshi. His original territories […]

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by / on March 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

The 26 martyrs of Nagasaki!

The other memorial, which was presented to the Pope in March, 1598, said that it was not hatred of Christianity but fear of the excessive power of the Jesuits that led Hideyoshi to oppose their teaching ; that the Jesuits alone were proscribed, while the Franciscans had been treated with honor and given liberty to preach the Gospel, which they […]

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by / on March 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Kami From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kami (神?) is the Japanese word for the spirits, natural forces, or essence in the Shinto faith. Although the word is sometimes translated as “god” or “deity,” some Shinto scholars argue that such a translation can cause a misunderstanding of the term (Ono, 1962). Kami’s wide variety of usage can be compared to the Sanskrit Deva and the Hebrew Elohim, […]

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by / on March 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉, February 2, 1536 – September 18, 1598) was a daimyo in the Sengoku period who unified the political factions of Japan. He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Sengoku period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period, named after Hideyoshi’s castle. He is noted for […]

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by / on March 14, 2010 at 11:50 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

HIDEYOSHI AND HIS EDICTS

The Governor of Kyoto induced Hideyoshi to revise the letter that he had intended to send to the Viceroy. It had been written in a haughty tone and accused the missionaries of many evil deeds. The letter as finally sent was without these charges and, as the following extract shows, the objections urged against the work of the Jesuits were […]

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by / on March 14, 2010 at 12:23 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

HIDEYOSHI AND HIS EDICTS AGAINST CHRISTIANITY 1583-1598.

A conversion that attracted much attention about this time was that of Imaoji Dosan, Hideyoshi’s physician, a man who had been educated in the best schools of Japan and China, and who was the most celebrated practitioner in the country. Father Figueredo had occasion to consult this physician. Dosan, surprised to see a person of so great age whose general […]

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by / on March 14, 2010 at 12:00 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

The Daimyos of Omura and Arima sending an embassy to Europe to visit the Pope!

A few months before the assassination of Nobunaga, the ex-Daimyo of Bungo united with the Daimyos of Omura and Arima in sending an embassy to Europe. It is probable that the first suggestion of this came from the Jesuits, who desired on the one hand to arouse missionary enthusiasm in Europe and on the other to impress the envoys with […]

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by / on March 11, 2010 at 12:54 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

The Japanese Jezebel!

Nobunaga’s dislike of the Buddhist priests made him the more ready to favor a religion whose success would help to undermine their power. In one of the letters that were sent by the missionaries as reports of their work it was said of him:  “This man seems to have been chosen by God to open and prepare the way for […]

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by / on March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Uchimura Kanzō

Uchimura Kanzō From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Uchimura Kanzō (内村鑑三?, March 26, 1861 – March 28, 1930) was a Japanese author, Christian evangelist, and the founder of the Nonchurch Movement (Mukyōkai) of Christianity in the Meiji and Taishō period Japan. Early life Uchimura was born in Edo, and exhibited a talent for languages from a very early age; he started […]

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by / on March 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

The continuing story!

In June 1567, Juan Fernandez, who had come to Japan with Xavier, died at the age of 42. But what is told of him encourages the opinion that no one deserves so much as he to be called the founder of the early Japanese Church. He was more successful than Xavier and Torres in learning the language. It is said, […]

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