|Saint Paul Miki|
|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|
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.
- ↑ Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. III. Proper of Saints, 6 February.