VATICAN CITY — Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century Japanese samurai who faced exile rather than give up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church.
The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for the samurai’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2013.
Takayama’s life is an example of “great fidelity to the Christian vocation, persevering despite all difficulties,” Jesuit Father Anton Witwer, general postulator of the Society of Jesus, told CNA.
Takayama was born in 1552, three years after the Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier introduced Christianity to Japan. When he was 12, his...READ MORE