►In a Eucharistic Mass with Japanese Catholics in Kobe, Japan on Feb. 3, 2016, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the Philippines, especially Manila, and Japan are linked through a “bridge of faith and martyrdom.”
Justo Ukon Takayama (1552-1615), Japan’s most illustrious Christian, died in Manila in 1615, while San Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637), a Filipino, was martyred in Nagasaki in 1637.
“Martyrdom is the deepest link between our two churches.” (Photo shows Cardinal Tagle distributing Communion beside statue of Blessed Justo Ukon Takayama.)
Cardinal Tagle Concelebrates Takayama Mass in Osaka
On Feb. 7, 2017, Cardinal Tagle concelebrated the Mass during the Beatification Ceremonies at the Osaka-jō Hall, Kyōbashi, Osaka (Japan), which was presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato, SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (CCS), on Pope Francis’s behalf.◘
Dr. Ernesto A. de Pedro