Thursday, July 4, 2013

Peter Kibe: Samurai, Priest, and Unflinching Martyr

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        The Fourth of July marks not only the birth of American independence, but also the 374th anniversary of one of the most heroic declarations of freedom Man has ever made.  On 4 July 1639, Japanese samurai and Jesuit priest Father Peter Kasui Kibe refused to renounce Christ under the most grueling regime of torture ever devised by man or devil.  In the wake of Father Peter’s death, the Shogun’s master torturer dubbed him “the man who would not say I give in:”  a perfect epitaph to his heroic life.

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