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Saint Paul Miki
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Born c.1562, Tounucumada, Japan
Died 5 February 1597, Nagasaki, Japan
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 14 September 1627 by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized 8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX
Feast 6 February

Paul Miki (パウロ三木, c.1562[1] – 5 February 1597) was a Roman Catholic martyr and saint, one of the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan.


Paul Miki was born into a rich family. He was educated by Jesuits in Azuchi and Takatsuki. He joined the Society of Jesus and preached the gospel for his fellow citizens. The Japanese government feared the Jesuit's influences and persecuted them. Miki was jailed, along with others. He and his Catholic peers were forced to walk 600 miles (≈966 kilometers) from Kyoto while singing the Te Deum as a punishment for the community. Finally they arrived at Nagasaki, the city which had the most conversions to Christianity, and Miki was crucified on 5 February 1597. He preached his last sermon from the cross, and it is maintained that he forgave his executioners, stating that he himself was Japanese. Alongside him died Joan Soan (de Gotó) and Santiago Kisai, of the Society of Jesus, in addition to twenty-three clergy and laity, all of whom were canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1862.


  1. Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. III. Proper of Saints, 6 February.

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Paul Miki's profile from Patron Saints Indexja:パウロ三木pt:Paulo Miki ro:Paul Miki

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