Headline in Polish: “Boży samuraj” Ukon Takayama powrócił do ojczyzny

The first altar statue of Blessed Takayama, carved by Paete artist Paloy Cagayat, was installed at the Paco Catholic Church on Dec. 21, 2017 by Rev. Msgr. Rolando dela Cruz, Paco parish priest.

►”Błogosławiony Ukon Takayama pojawia się w momencie, gdy Kosciół w Japonii jest dotknięty kryzysem, atakowany, jak na całym świecie, przez globalną cywilizację relatywizmu moralnego i wieloznaczności ról i postaw (…) Banita wraca do kraju, w którym liczba chrześcijan jest znikoma – pisze dla KAI o. Zygmunt Kwiatkowski, jezuita.”

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Outreach Through Takayama Website

A devotee of Blessed Takayama in Poland said he learned about the ‘Samurai of Christ’ through Polish newspapers and the Takayama website – <www.takayamaukon.com> — which is the only Takayama website in English. Aside from audiences in the Philippines, the United States and Japan — there’s some interest too in: ►Singapore; ►Australia; ►Hong Kong; ►Brazil; ►Poland; ►Canada and ►Romania. (These are the Top Ten countries visiting the Takayama website.)

Lord Takayama was a celebrated Christian Daimyo — who placed God above all else, offending his overlords who demanded loyalty over everyone else.

For the first celebration of the Feastday of Blessed Takayama – set in the Church’s liturgical calendar on February 3, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia will concelebrate Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11:00 AM with other Filipino Bishops and clergy. Also on hand are: ►Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami (Nagasaki), ►Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, SVD (ex-Niigata, now Tokyo), ►Bishop Paul Yoshinao Otsuka (Kyoto), ►Bishop Bernard Taiji Katsuya (Sapporo), ►Bishop Paul Kenjiro Koriyama (Kagoshima), and ►Bishop Berard Toshio Oshikawa, OFM (Naha). (That’s ONE THIRD of Japan’s 18 Bishops.)

While earning acclaim as a valiant samurai-general, Lord Takayama was also a pillar of the early Church of Japan — builder of churches and seminaries across Japan.

In addition to the six Japanese prelates, a 60-man ‘Takayama Pilgrimage Group’ will be flying in from Japan – composed of six priests, Sisters and other ‘Consecrated Persons.’#

By Dr. Ernesto de Pedro
Managing Trustee
Blessed Justo Takayama Canonization Movement

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