These sixteenth century Japanese martyrs were the first martyrs in East Asia to be canonised. As can be seen in the image, they were crucified, and then stabbed to death.

St Paul Miki said: ‘Like my Master I shall die upon the cross. Like Him, a lance will pierce my heart, so that my blood and my love, can flow out upon the land and sanctify it to His name’.

May he pray for us, and for all who are persecuted for the Faith at this time. May God bless you this day in all that you are bearing for His name.