When Oura Cathedral was constructed, it sent the Hidden Christians a secret message…
Although foreigners were delighted that Oura Cathedral had been constructed, because the ban on Christianity was still in place few Japanese dared to go near there
In 1597, twenty six men and boys, including foreign missionaries, were crucified together on Nishizaka hill in Nagasaki. The youngest was only 12.
Today, churches dedicated to the 26 martyrs can be found in several different countries. An event which faded from Japanese history became famous throughout the world.
On the 100th anniversary of the canonization of the 26 martyrs, a church and a monument were built to commemorate them
Stained glass from Germany and Italy helps to illuminate the church’s interior
Dozaki church is beautifully situated on a cape, and in former times a conch shell was blown to announce that Mass was starting.
If you wish for peaceful coexistence, many barriers must first be overcome.