Samurai to Become First Saint

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Saints are a big part of the Catholic Church. Recently, Pope Francis approved the beatification of a Christian Samurai from the 16th century, Justo Takayama Ukon. Justo Takayama Ukon was a big advocator for Christians and Christianity in Japan at a time when Christianity was not widely accepted. Takayama Ukon felt strongly about his beliefs, although people were telling him to renounce his faith. He lost his title as a Samurai because he did not obey his orders from the higher ranking Samurai when asked to persecute Christians. Later on, Japan’s ruler completely banned Christianity and the persecution of Christians increased. With this new rule in place, Justo Takayama Ukon was forced to leave Japan and ended up moving to the Philippines. However; he ended up dying in February, 1615. In his lifetime, he converted people in Japan to Christianity and protected those who believed in Jesus. Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon is an inspiration to others to believe what they are passionate about. To read more on Justo Takayama Ukon click the links below.