Takayama Thanksgiving Mass at UST, Feb. 7, 2017

With Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, concelebrating the Mass at the Takayama Beatification Rites in Osaka, Japan on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., will celebrate the Takayama Thanksgiving Mass in Manila at the UST Chapel at 5:15 PM.

By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

Why Did Cardinal Rufino J. Santos Second the Takayama Process to the Japanese Bishops?

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Santos at the Vatican
Manila Archbishop Rufino J. Cardinal Santos greeting Pope Paul VI after the Pope trooped the line during arrival honors at the Manila International Airport on Nov. 27, 1970.

In 1963, there was NO MOVEMENT in Manila for the Beatification of Dom Justo Ukon Takayama (1552-1615) at all.

In 442 years since the introduction of Christianity in 1521, the Philippines has not had a single saint canonized. San Lorenzo Ruiz (1594-1637), the Philippine Protomartyr, was canonized — i.e., enrolled in the Canon of Saints —  only in 1987. Dom Justo Ukon Takayama – a.k.a. Dom Justo Ukondono — remained in Vatican books as the only Philippine Catholic proposed for sainthood by the Philippine Church in 1630.

But before his deportation to Manila – for steadfastly refusing to abjure his Catholic Faith, Lord Takayama was a celebrated Christian samurai widely recognized as a pillar of the Church during Japan’s Christian Century (1549-1650).

As Bishops all over the world gathered in Rome for the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), Japanese Bishops took the opportunity to seek out Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Rufino J. Santos, to prod him to revive the dormant ‘Cause’ of the Confessor of Christ, Dom Justo Ukon Takayama.

The Bishops were surprised that Cardinal Santos readily seconded to them the promotion of Takayama’s Cause. Continue reading “Why Did Cardinal Rufino J. Santos Second the Takayama Process to the Japanese Bishops?”