In Japan, St. Paul Miki and companions. Christianity was first brought to Japan by Bishop John of Albuquerque and St. Francis Xavier in 1548-1549. Soon there were tens of thousands of Christians, and a diocese was created in 1588. In 1597 the first martyrdoms took place at Nagasaki. Other persecutions and martyrdoms followed, and after 1645 Christianity had to exist underground until the country was again opened to Westerners in 1865.
In 539, St. Vedast, companion of St. Rémy and bishop of Arras.
In 676, in Flanders, St. Amandus, abbot and bishop, who founded the monasteries of Elnone, near Tournai, and St. Peter's in Ghent.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.