CNA Staff, Dec 23, 2023 / 05:55 am
The Vatican is currently investigating miracles associated with the intercession of Blessed Justus Ukon Takayama that, if confirmed, could lead to the canonization of the Church’s first samurai saint.
Japanese Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka revealed on Thursday that the Vatican’s investigation into the miracles is ongoing, according to reporting by CBCP News, the news arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
“We pray that the investigation of Ukon’s miracles will be completed and approved at least within the next year or two,” Maeda said.
Maeda revealed the investigations after a special Mass in honor of Takayama in the Manila cathedral in the Philippines. The cardinal and 30 other Japanese pilgrims journeyed to Manila Dec. 18–22 as part of an annual pilgrimage to the site of Takayama’s exile and death.