On Feb. 3, 2021, We Mark the 406th Death Anniversary of Blessed Takayama of Manila

►Blessed Justus Takayama Ukon (高山右近, 1552 Osaka-1615 Manila) was a Japan-born Manileño who died in Manila on Feb. 3, 1615. Hailed as a Catholic of heroic virtue during his lifetime, Takayama was proposed to the Vatican by the Manila Archdiocese in 1630 as the first candidate for sainthood of the Philippine Church. In 2017, Takayama was beatified – i.e., declared “Beatus” — by decree of Pope Francis.#

►The 2021 Takayama Memorial Mass will be officiated by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Manila Archdiocese, proponent of Takayama’s beatification. It will be celebrated at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church – better known as the UST Chapel – which has been the venue of Takayama’s Memorial Masses since 1988. Because of COVID-19 restrictions on church attendance, the Mass, set for 5:00 PM, will be livestreamed.#

►In Japan, the Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC), chaired by Dr. Maria Kasuya, is holding an online novena (Holy Rosary) — from January 26 (Tuesday) to February 3 (Wednesday) at 9:00 PM via ZOOM — — for healing through the intercession of Blessed Takayama Ukon.#

By ADELAIDA DE PEDRO
Auxiliary, Missionary Disciples for the New Evangelization

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